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Debenhams stores in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich will close for the final time in May




As Debenhams stores across the country prepare to reopen for final closing down sales next week, the company has revealed that the shops will shut their doors for good next month.

A Debenhams spokesman said the sales at its stores, including Suffolk's branches in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, will begin when they reopen on Monday, April 12 when restrictions ease.

And while stock clearance is expected to take four to six weeks, the company has said stores will begin to close for the last time from early May.

The Debenhams store in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Richard Marsham
The Debenhams store in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Richard Marsham

Debenhams stores will start to close permanently from May 2, with the final stores expected to close by May 15.

The exact date for when Bury's shop, at the arc shopping centre, and Ipswich's Westgate Street branch will close is not yet known, as individual stores' closing dates will depend on the stock clearance, the spokesman added.

The sales will offer up to 70 per cent off fashion and home products, and up to 50 per cent off beauty and fragrance lines.

Debenhams in Ipswich's Westgate Street. Picture by Mark Westley
Debenhams in Ipswich's Westgate Street. Picture by Mark Westley

The spokesman said all stores have been made Covid-secure, with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

They added: "This is the last chance for customers in England and Wales to visit their local Debenhams before sadly our stores close for good.

"We will be reopening with a fantastic range of offers and discounts across all of our customers’ favourite brands and products.

"Stocks are limited and expected to sell out quickly so customers should visit their nearest store quickly to avoid disappointment.

"We are very grateful for the efforts of our staff who have worked so hard throughout the most difficult of circumstances to keep the business trading."

The company's 118 shops are to shut after Boohoo Group paid £55 million to acquire the collapsed brand out of liquidation.

The deal allowed the 242-year-old department store brand to survive but excluded its shops.

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