Debenhams to be wound down; Scarborough and the rest of its stores will close

Debenhams in Scarborough faces closure, with its staff set to lose their jobs.

By Sarah Fitton
Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 10:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 10:42 am

The high street giant has announced it will be wound down after rescue efforts failed.

It will continue to trade through its 124 UK stores - including its shop in Scarborough's Brunswick Shopping Centre - to clear stock while seeking offers for all or parts of the business.

After that, if no alternative offers have been received, all stores will shut.

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The news comes just hours after Topshop and Dorothy Perkins-owner Arcadia - which also has stores in Scarborough's Brunswick Centre - collapsed into administration, putting 13,000 jobs at risk.

Geoff Rowley of FRP Advisory, joint administrator to Debenhams and Partner at FRP, said: "All reasonable steps were taken to complete a transaction that would secure the future of Debenhams.

"However, the economic landscape is extremely challenging and, coupled with the uncertainty facing the UK retail industry, a viable deal could not be reached.

"The decision to move forward with a closure programme has been carefully assessed and, while we remain hopeful that alternative proposals for the business may yet be received, we deeply regret that circumstances force us to commence this course of action.

“We are very grateful for the efforts of the management team and staff who have worked so hard throughout the most difficult of circumstances to keep the business trading.

"We would also like to thank the landlords, suppliers and partners who have continued to work with Debenhams through this turbulent period and can reassure them that all contractual obligations entered into in the administration period will be met in full.”