Retail giant Debenhams, with branches all over the UK, including Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay and Truro, has confirmed it will be closing 22 locations across the country.
Luckily for us, the list of 22 stores that will shut does not include any of the Devon and Cornwall locations. Branches that are set to close include Altrincham, Ashford, Birmingham Fort, Canterbury, Chatham, Eastbourne, Folkestone, Great Yarmouth, Guildford, Kirkcaldy, Orpington, Slough, Southport, Southsea, Staines, Stockton, Walton, Wandsworth, Welwyn Garden City, Wimbledon, Witney and Wolverhampton. As many as 1200 jobs are at risk, following the announcement.
Terry Duddy, Debenhams chairman, has added: “Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future."
In the light of recent studies showing footfall is on the rise in Plymouth's city centre, and considering the latest plans for investment and redevelopment, we can only hope the branch will remain with us for many years to come.