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CLOSING DOWN: Debenhams have confirmed it will not reopen Watford store

 Published on: 10th June 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford’s Debenhams store at the intu shopping centre will be closing permanently, the chain has confirmed.

The closure is due to Debenhams not being able to agree on rent with intu.

The store only opened back in 2018 as part of the £180million extension at the shopping centre.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Debenhams said: “Sadly we have been unable to agree terms with the landlord in Watford and as a result this store will not be re-opening in line with the rest of the chain next week.

“We greatly regret the effect on our colleagues, who have served our customers with commitment and dedication. Our customers in Watford can continue to shop with us online at debenhams.com or at other local stores from next week.”

Debenham’s stores in Milton Keynes and Gateshead will also be closing, with both being in different intu centres.

Debenhams has now confirmed 20 permanent closures.

Former boss Sergio Bucher had high hopes for the store when it opened back in 2018.

In an interview with the BBC at the time, he said: “For way too long we have turned stores to be like these big warehouses full of product with a till at the door.

“We just want to bring the joy back. We have to make sure that every shopping trip is memorable.”

It was also reported last week that intu had put going into administration on standby as it waits to see the damage that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the company.

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