One of the largest department store chains in the UK, Debenhams is an international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage. The business has 240 department store destinations and is online in more than 90 countries.
Recent history has been tumultuous, in 2014 Mike Ashley of Sports Direct began building a stake in the business, which was struggling. In 2015 then CEO Michael Sharp announced his departure to be replaced in 2016 by Sergio Bucher, formerly of Amazon.
Bucher had been attempting to breathe new life in to the retailer with an experience and services first approach to retail with the introduction of blow dry bars and even gyms, along with a brand refresh.
However a raft of profits warnings followed, things came to a head in early 2019, when after several attempts to install himself as CEO, Mike Ashley was seen off as the group agreed agreed a £200m refinance deal with its bondholders that wiped out all of its shareholders
In April 2020 Debenhams filed for administration after the coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut its shops across the UK.
Segments / Shopping Categories:
womenswear; menswear; footwear; accessories; kidswear
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Phase Eight; Dorothy Perkins; Warehouse; QUIZ
Debenhams; Magasin du Nord
Key Brands Stocked:
Jasper Conran; Hammond & Co.; Richard Quinn; Principles
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Key Countries Shipped To:
UK; France; Germany; China; Japan; Poland; Norway; Finland
Head Office Address:
334-348 Oxford Street,, London W1C 1JG
Head Office Contacts:
334-348 Oxford Street,
London, W1C 1JG
Designers at Debenhams handled by Liz Matthews PR.
Jordan Wallace - Managing Director
020 7253 1639
Joanna Rose - Personal Assistant to Liz Matthews
020 7253 1639
UK; Ireland; Denmark
Steven Cook (Fashion & Home)
Head of Buying:
Susan Reid (Regional Director)
Chief Marketing Officer:
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