Debenhams in Doncaster set to reopen on Monday

Up until this week there was still no news about Doncaster’s Debenhams store in the Frenchgate, which had to close its doors last year after 14 years trading.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 8:00 am

The national firm officially started a liquidation process after JD Sports pulled out of a possible rescue deal having gone into administration in April 2020 and cut about 6,500 jobs as it struggled to stay afloat.

There was some speculation that the unit may well reopen as a clearance store and that was finally confirmed this week.

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The Debenhams store in Donaster's Frenchgate Centre which will reopen on Monday

On Tuesday it was revealed that the company is to reopen all its stores in England and Wales for a huge final closing down sale on Monday, April 12.

The retailer will have discounts for up to 70 per cent off fashion and home and up to 50 per cent off beauty items.

Stores will be open for between three and five weeks before they close for good.

Further details on the final closing down sale are expected to be announced today (Thursday).

Debenhams announced in in December that its administrators had begun its liquidation process.

Last year, 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.”

There has been concern raised about the future of the store at is a means to access the Frenchgate car park.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.