Debenhams: Department store returns to British high street


The enduring British division retailer introduced it will be closing its doorways completely final 12 months. It then shut the final of its branches in Could earlier this 12 months.

Nevertheless, Debenhams has made a comeback.

A retailer has simply opened in Manchester’s Arndale centre.

The brand new flagship magnificence retailer, which has two flooring and measures 7,552 sq ft, goals to create a “recent, fashionable, and distinctive” house.

That is in response to Boohoo Group, which additionally mentioned the brand new division retailer has “harnessed its beloved heritage whereas rebranding its aesthetic”.

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The brand new division retailer within the Manchester Arndale procuring centre is a beauty-only department, providing the identical objects out there on the Debenhams web site.

Jeanette Whithear, magnificence and homeware director at, mentioned: “We’re delighted to be opening Magnificence retailer, throughout the Manchester Arndale, particularly as that is the house of the Boohoo Group.

“It seems like an natural location for this thrilling retail house, throughout the coronary heart of town.

“Since April we’ve got reintroduced a number of manufacturers to, in addition to new ones, which have actually grown the providing for our clients.”

Ms Whithear added: “With the subsequent step of Magnificence journey, I’m excited to see the cross over from our digital and bodily components come to life throughout the house in addition to our vary of manufacturers improve dramatically into 2022.”

Scott Linard, portfolio director at property group M&G, which owns the Manchester Arndale, additionally commented on the brand new store.

He mentioned it was a “nice enhance…for bricks and mortar retail and demonstrates that there’ll proceed to be a steadiness between on-line and in-person procuring”.

On-line procuring has elevated because the begin of the pandemic, resulting in the closures of many bodily shops.

Debenhams entered into administration in April 2020, earlier than going into liquidation in November the identical 12 months.

The division retailer left big gap within the British excessive avenue because the retailer has been round for nearly 250 years.

It traces its roots again to 1778, when William Clark established a drapers retailer on Wigmore Avenue in West London.

Its present title stems from 1813 when William Debenham invested within the firm, which turned Clark & Debenham.