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Debenhams prepares to reopen majority of stores

Debenhams is preparing to reopen most of its UK department stores in phases from the beginning of next week. Three stores with street access will reopen… View Article

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Debenhams prepares to reopen majority of stores

Debenhams is preparing to reopen most of its UK department stores in phases from the beginning of next week.

Three stores with street access will reopen in Northern Ireland next week with the Belfast store opening on 8 June and the remaining two stores shortly afterwards. A further 50 stores will reopen in England on 15 June, with the rest following later that week.

The stores will have strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Meanwhile, the retailer’s shops in Scotland and Wales will reopen once government restrictions are lifted.

Steven Cook, Debenhams managing director, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming customers back to our stores in the coming weeks. From the installation of perspex screens at till points to the roll-out of social distancing procedures and PPE, we have been working hard to ensure our colleagues and customers can work and shop with confidence. Our reopening plans follow the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on 120 stores, meaning that the vast majority of our stores will be reopening.”

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