Debenhams silent on future in Northampton town centre after announcing more store closures

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Drapery store's fate resting on agreeing a deal with landlords

Debenhams has announced that four more of its stores will not reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown but is still keeping mum over the future of its Northampton town centre site.

Bosses at the 242-year-old department store chain, which has been a name in the Drapery since 1973, revealed that deals have been done with landlords to keep 120 of its 142 stores going after the lockdown.

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But shops in Southampton, Kidderminster, Swindon and Borehamwood have now been added to a list of seven issued last week which will close permanently.

That leaves 11 still in the balance, although Debenhams is refusing to reveal which list Northampton is on..

In a statement, the company said: "Sadly we have been unable to agree terms with the landlords in the four locations and as a result the stores will not be re-opening when government restrictions are lifted.

"We greatly regret the effect on our colleagues, who have served our customers in Southampton and the other stores with commitment and dedication."

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Store closures were announced last week after failing to agree deals with landlords in Truro, Straford-upon-Avon, Salisbury, Warrington, Westfield in west London, Leamington Spa and South Shields.

Debenhams name has been a feature in Northampton town centre since 1973Debenhams name has been a feature in Northampton town centre since 1973
Debenhams name has been a feature in Northampton town centre since 1973

The fashion, beauty and homeware business collapsed into administration 2½ weeks ago.

It had already said it planned closing a further 28 more stores this year — even after shutting 22 in December and January — leaving just over 110 sites open.

Debenhams is currently in what it calls a "light touch" administration protecting the company from any legal action by creditors following the closure of all its stores on March 24.

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It furloughed the majority of its 22,000 UK staff who are being paid under the government's coronavirus job retention scheme which pays 80 per cent of workers' salaries up to £2,500 a month.

The retailer's online business is trading normally while its shops are shut.

Debenhams' name has been a feature of Northampton town centre since 1973 when it rebranded the former Adnitt Brothers store bought back in 1952.

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