Stevenage Debenhams safe, Welwyn Garden City store to close

PUBLISHED: 15:36 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:44 29 April 2019

The Debenhams branch in Stevenage won't be affected by current closures. Picture: Danny Loo

The Debenhams branch in Stevenage won't be affected by current closures. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Debenhams has announced plans to close 22 stores in 2020, but the Stevenage branch will be unaffected.

The nearby Welwyn Garden City branch is set to close, it was announced on Friday.

The Stevenage branch, which opened less than two years ago, reported the strongest sales increase of all its stores across the UK earlier in the year.

All Debenhams stores are expected to remain open throughout 2019, including Christmas.

Debenhams – which recently went into administration – previously stated that it plans to close up to 50 stores in the UK.

You may also want to watch:

Terry Duddy, executive chairman of Debenhams, said: “The issues facing the UK high street are very well known.

“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.

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

Which Debenhams stores are set to close?

The full list of Debenhams stores expected to close are as follows: 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 and Wolverhampton.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the The Comet