Debenhams has announced the closure of 19 of its UK stores, resulting in 660 job losses.
The closures are due to take place during the next fortnight, with stores closing from 11 January, according to a report by The Guardian.
The store locations which are closing include:
Altrincham, Greater Manchester – 11 January
Birmingham The Fort – 11 January
Kirkcaldy, Fife – 11 January
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey – 11 January
Wandsworth, London – 11 January
Wolverhampton – 11 January
Chatham, Kent – 15 January
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – 15 January
Slough, Berkshire – 15 January
Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham – 15 January
Welwyn, Hertfordshire – 15 January
Witney, Oxfordshire – 15 January
Ashford, Kent – 19 January
Canterbury, Kent – 19 January
Eastbourne, East Sussex – 19 January
Folkestone, Kent – 19 January
Southport, Merseyside – 19 January
Southsea, Portsmouth – 19 January
Wimbledon, London – 19 January
Commenting on the closure, CEO Stefaan Vansteenkiste said: “We are working hard to implement the transformation of Debenhams. Despite a challenging retail environment, thanks to our colleagues’ hard work and our investor group’s commitment we are progressing with our turnaround.”
The news follows as Debenhams appointed Abigail Comber as its new chief marketing officer.
Comber will join Debenhams on 7 January. She has previously held positions at British Airways for 24 years.
She said: “I am delighted to be joining Stefaan and the team to help build a successful future for one of the UK’s best-known retail businesses.”