The administrators of Debenhams have announced that none of its retail outlets in Scotland will reopen, even after lockdown restrictions are eased to allow non-essential retail to start trading again.
Scotland has a slightly different date for the reopening of non-essential retail in comparison to England according to the Scottish Government plan to ease restrictions . The current guidance and information released by the Scottish Government says “non essential retail” in Scotland can open no earlier than April 26 compared to April 12 at the earliest in England according to the latest UK Government guidance.
The retailer has a total of 15 stores in Scotland including one in Stirling.
Debenhams said in a statement :
“In England this is expected to be no earlier than April 12 based on the latest Government guidance.
“In Scotland, the Government has stated that the reopening of non-essential stores will not begin until April 26 at the earliest and that this will then be on a tiered basis. Because this timeline does not align with those expected in other parts of the UK and therefore, with the planned wind-down of the Debenhams business, regrettably our 15 stores in Scotland will now not reopen and are closed permanently, As a result of these closures, all employees in our Scottish stores will be made redundant. A number of employees will be retained for a short period of time to support an orderly exit from the stores.”
Following the announcements of the plans for easing lockdown arrangements, Debenhams confirms that it intends to reopen its stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for a short period to complete its stock liquidation process as soon as government restrictions allow.
Geoff Rowley, joint administrator and partner of FRP Advisory, said: “The Debenhams liquidation clearance continues online, and will restart in stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland once restrictions allow.
“We regret that Debenhams’ Scottish stores will not be able to reopen, and would like to thank all those employees affected for their commitment to Debenhams during what I know has been an extremely unsettling time.”
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