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Bidding farewell: Debenhams to close its last store on May 15

Debenhams, a famous British retailer department store will permanently close its remaining stores on 15th May, bringing the curtain down on 242 years of trading.

Debenhams, founded in London in 1778, started a liquidation process in December, dealing a hammer blow to Britain’s retail sector. While it has struggled for years, the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns pushed it over the edge.

Having already announced 52 store closures up to 8th May, Debenhams said on Wednesday its remaining 49 stores would close on either 12th May or 15th May. Closures on 15th May will include stores in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Swansea.

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Debenhams has been holding a closing down sales, offering up to 80 percent off fashion and homewares. “Over the next 10 days, Debenhams will close its doors on the high street for the final time in its 242-year history,” Debenhams said.

“We hope to see you all one last time in stores before we say a final goodbye to the UK high street.” While Debenhams physical presence in the UK will die, the brand will live on.