DEBENHAMS has today named 50 stores in England it plans to reopen on June 15 when non-essential retailers are allowed to open their doors once more.
Reopened stores include its Bournemouth, Liverpool, Oxford and Wakefield branches.
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The department store chain says it plans to reopen at least 120 stores across the UK eventually, with its remaining stores in England following later in the week.
In Northern Ireland, Debenhams’ flagship store in Belfast will open first onJune 8 with its two remaining stores in Northern Ireland opening shortly after.
The department store chain adds that stores in Scotland and Wales will reopen once government restrictions allow.
See the box below for the full list of stores confirmed so far as reopening.
Full list of Debenhams stores are reopening?
HERE’S the full list of Debenhams stores that have so far been confirmed as reopening this month:
Stores reopening in Northern Ireland on June 8:
- Belfast Newry Rushmere
Stores reopening in England on June 15:
- Bury St Edmunds
- Westwood Cross
- York Monks Cross
It’s believed Debenhams will never reopen up to 22 of its 142 UK stores, although so far it’s only confirmed the closure of 17 branches – see the box below for the list of stores closing.
The retailer employs around 20,000 people.
Debenhams says reopened stores will follow strict social distancing and hygiene procedures with perspex screens installed at tills and PPE for staff.
But the retailer has confirmed stores will reopen with reduced hours, while cafes will remain closed – although it’s unclear if this is a temporary or permanent measure.
While clothes shops are allowed to reopen from June 15, cafes, pubs and restaurants have to remain closed until at least July 4 under government lockdown rules.
Which Debenhams stores are set to close?
BELOW are the 17 Debenhams shops that will permanently close.
- Kings Lynn
- Merthyr Tydfil
- South Shields
They can, however, continue to operate for takeaways and deliveries.
Shoppers can also continue to shop online as normal.
Just bear in mind home delivery from Debenhams costs from £3.49, although it’s free on orders over £50.
We’ve asked Debenhams if free click and collect services, as well as returns, will be available at newly reopened stores and we’ll update this story as soon as we get a response.
The troubled department store chain fell into administration for the second time in a year in April, although it’s continued to trade since then.
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Steven Cook, managing director of Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming customers back to our stores in the coming weeks.
“From the installation of perspex screens at till points to the roll-out of social distancing procedures and PPE, we have been working hard to ensure our colleagues and customers can work and shop with confidence.
“Our reopening plans follow the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on 120 stores, meaning that the vast majority of our stores will be reopening.”