The troubled retailer has confirmed it will shut two stores in the North West after staving off a legal challenge.
The retailer had announced a CVA that would see 22 stores cut and 1,200 jobs put at risk earlier this year, but a legal challenge was put forward by a Salford-based company owned by property investor Aubrey Weis. This was also backed by Sports Direct.
However, the challenge has now been dismissed, allowing the closure of the stores including two in the region. The Altrincham store is part of the wider Stamford Quarter development, while Southport’s store is on Lord Street.
Debenhams has already confirmed the closure of one its major warehouses and added its three other facilities “could be consolidated further”.
In the North West, the retailer has shops in Manchester and Liverpool, along with Altrincham, Chester, Warrington, Stockport, Oldham, Bolton, Bury, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, Southport, Wigan, Carlisle and Workington. Debenhams also has an outlet at Cheshire Oaks and a North Wales estate encompassing Wrexham, Llandudno and Bangor.
Store closures elsewhere in the UK include Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Stockton, Canterbury, and Great Yarmouth.