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Debenhams to reopen all remaining stores in Scotland

Department store Debenhams is to reopen nine stores in Scotland from today (13 July), following the “successful reopening” of its first six stores last week.

Stores in Ayr, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth reopened on Monday 29 June. 

Whereas those in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Kilbride, Falkirk, Inverness, Leith, Livingston, Silverburn and Stirling will reopen today. In total, Debenhams has reopened 124 stores across its UK estate.

The department store chain has implemented a raft of measures to keep its colleagues and customers safe, including installing 2,000 perspex screens at tills, providing staff with visors and gloves and implementing queue management processes.

Susan Reid, retail director, Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to welcome back our Scottish customers as we reopen the final group of stores in Scotland next week. 

“We are able in our stores to accommodate two metre social distancing comfortably, and we have equipped our colleagues with visors as well as screening off our tills. This underscores our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues whilst ensuring their comfort and convenience is maintained.”

Last month, Debenhams confirmed three more of its stores will not reopen once lockdown restrictions are eased next week.

It revealed that three of its stores located in Intu shopping centres will close permanently after it failed to agree terms with the shopping centre owner.

The stores are located within Intu Metrocentre, Intu Watford and Intu Milton Keynes.

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