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Debenhams to close 22 stores with 1,200 jobs at risk

Department store chain, Debenhams has announced it is to close 22 stores putting 1,200 jobs at risk.

The closures come as part of a revival plan for the department store laid out by lenders including Barclays and Bank of Ireland.

Terry Duddy, Debenhams executive chairman, said: “Debenhams has a clear strategy and a bright future, but in order for the business to prosper, we need to restructure the group’s store portfolio and its balance sheet, which are not appropriate for today’s much changed retail environment.

“Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future.”

The announcement comes a week after CEO Sergio Bucher announced he was to step down following the initiation of the company’s pre-pack administration.

The stores to close are:

  • Altrincham
  • Ashford
  • Birmingham Fort
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham
  • Eastbourne
  • Folkestone
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Guildford
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Orpington
  • Slough
  • Southport
  • Southsea
  • Staines
  • Stockton
  • Walton
  • Wandsworth
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Wimbledon
  • Witney
  • Wolverhampton

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