Debenhams has revealed that six of its stores will not reopen, the move will put 320 jobs at risk.

Stores in Harrogate, Portsmouth, Staines, Weymouth and Worcester will all shut for good, while it has failed to agree on a lease extension with the landlord of its Oxford Street store.

Debenhams Oxford Street
Debenhams Oxford Street – Credit Debenhams

Geoff Rowley, joint administrator to Debenhams and Partner at FRP Advisory, said: “We continue to engage with interested parties over alternative proposals for the future of Debenhams, but inevitably the latest lockdown has had an effect on our plans for the wind-down of the business.

- Advertisement -

“We regret the impact on those colleagues affected by today’s announcement and would like to thank all those who continue to keep the business trading in very difficult circumstances.”

FRP said it intends to reopen as many stores as possible to sell off stock and also continue winding down the business, but that it is in talks with “a number of third parties regarding the sale of all or parts of the business”.