Debenhams in Bromley is to shut its doors for the final time alongside its remaining stores as the chain’s 243-year history ends.
The historic department store chain will close its remaining 28 stores across the UK for good on Saturday ( May 15), after the company collapsed amid the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.
It closed 21 of its sites across the UK for the final time on Thursday.
The retailer has suffered slumping sales in recent years as shoppers moved away from traditional department store models.
Debenhams Bromley yesterday. Tonight all Debenhams’ actual stores close forever. Sad times pic.twitter.com/KqXzOSoaBz
— Rosemary Hattersley (@RosieHattersley) May 15, 2021
However, the enforced closure of sites during the pandemic was the final straw, resulting in the company falling into administration within weeks of the virus fully hitting the UK.
The company then started its liquidation process at the start of this year after failing to secure a rescue sale.
The closure of all its stores were confirmed after Boohoo agreed to only buy its website and brand in a £55 million rescue deal.
Debenhams reopened sites from April 12 after the reopening of essential retail in order to clear stock across its stores.
I went into Debenhams in #Bromley. The beauty counters are totally bare. Half the store (lengthwise) was cordoned off. All the top brands gone.
The only stuff on sale now is the old women’s type of brands, some underwear and pointy shoes.
Bye, bye Debenhams.
— Scarlett Fox 🦊 (@SweetLemonPot) May 14, 2021
Below are the final stores set to close today:
Leeds White Rose