Iconic London Debenhams won’t reopen

Retailer’s plan to reopen Oxford Street store dashed after rescue talks fail. Photograph: Edwardx, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Debenhams’ flagship shop in Oxford Street will not reopen as the department store chain announced the permanent closure of six branches and 320 job losses.

The news comes after JD Sports pulled out of a deal to save the retailer, which has been in administration since 2020.

Debenhams said it would also close its stores in Portsmouth, Staines, Harrogate, Weymouth and Worcester.

Londoners turned to Twitter to express their dismay at the store’s closure on Twitter

Debenhams began trading in London as a drapers’ shop in Wigmore Street in 1778.

The store in Oxford Street – said to be Europe’s busiest shopping street – was renovated in 2013.

The news is a further blow to the UK’s retail sector following lockdown restrictions.

The former Debenham, Son & Freebody building in Wigmore Street which was completed in 1908. Photograph:

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