This is when Chesterfield's Debenhams store will reopen for major sale before closing for good

Chesterfield’s Debenhams store is expected to reopen for a closing down sale once the current lockdown ends, it has now been revealed.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:28 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:44 pm

Non-essential retailers in England are preparing to reopen on April 12.

The stock clearance at Debenhams is anticipated to take up to six weeks – then the shop at Ravenside Retail Park will close permanently, a spokesperson for Debenhams told the Derbyshire Times.

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Debenhams is in the process of closing down.
Debenhams is in the process of closing down.

The owner of Ravenside Retail Park has confirmed it is in ‘active discussions with an alternative brand’ interested in moving to the building.

A spokesperson for Land Securities Group PLC told the Derbyshire Times: “In relation to the Debenhams store at Ravenside Retail Park, we can confirm that we are in active discussions with an alternative brand to take this space.

“We hope to be able to let people know who this is in the next couple of months.”

Debenhams opened its Chesterfield store at Ravenside Retail Park to much fanfare in 2012.

Debenhams entered administration for the second time in April last year.

It had struggled for years as a result of rising debts and falling profits as more shopping moved online.

In January, fashion retailer Boohoo bought the Debenhams brand and website from administrators for £55million.

However, Boohoo will not take on any of the firm’s remaining shops or its workforce – meaning up to 12,000 jobs at the historic department store chain are to go.

Boohoo said Debenhams was expected to relaunch on Boohoo’s web platform later this year.

Mahmud Kamani, executive chairman of Boohoo, said: “This is a transformational deal for the group, which allows us to capture the fantastic opportunity as ecommerce continues to grow."

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