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Debenhams set to open Lichfield store

TJ Hughes store in Lichfield

TJ Hughes store in Lichfield

Department store Debenhams is set to open a new store in Lichfield.

The well-known chain has agreed a 20 year lease with Orchard Street Investment Management, owners of the Three Spires Shopping Centre. Debenhams will occupy the former TJ Hughes store which was vacated when that chain fell into administration.

Work is not set to begin on the new store until October meaning the unit will have remained empty for over 12 months. Having a new tenant is set to bring a renewed lease of life to the city, however, with many of the units at that end of the centre currently sitting empty. The extra footfall that Debenhams will generate will be a big attraction to other retailers.

Phillip Rodger, Head of Asset Management at Orchard Street, commented: “Naturally we are delighted to have secured Debenhams’ commitment to Three Spires and Lichfield, providing a much needed boost for the centre as well as the city and the surrounding area.

This is the first step in our plan to improve the quality and depth of the retail offer at Three Spires and we will continue to focus on bringing in new and interesting retailers to provide a diverse retail offering for the local community. We consider Debenhams a great addition to the retail mix of the centre.”

Gareth Dougherty, Acquisitions Manager at Debenhams commented “Lichfield has been on our radar for some time now, with its geographical location and demographic profile, making it an attractive location for Debenhams.

The unit provides us with the ideal opportunity to open a full line department store within Three Spires Shopping Centre and will house an extensive, exclusive offer with our Designers at Debenhams range.

We will begin work on the new department store shortly and look forward to opening in Spring 2013”

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, commented: “This is such an exciting announcement for both the city and Three Spires Shopping Centre, and we welcome the news. The arrival of Debenhams will undoubtedly attract more shoppers to the city centre, which is great news for the city as a whole.

“The new store will also bring much needed jobs to the city, which will be a boost for local people. We are also hopeful that such a prestigious name will attract more traders into the city centre, making Lichfield an even better place to shop and visit.”

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  1. Mark

    15th August, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Great news for Three Spires, should reinvigorate that end of town. Not sure what this means for Friarsgate if Debs have finally given up waiting.

  2. Sponge Cake Bob

    15th August, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Good news lets hope this kickstarts the business that has been lost at the top end of Bakers Lane which is what growing population of Lichfield needs.Well done Debenhans and welcome.

  3. johnthemon

    15th August, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Debenhams prices will never be as good as TJ Hughes were that is for sure, but
    a step in the right direction I suppose. Lichfield will still lag well behind Tamworth and Burton for shopping but still have more than Burntwood could ever dream of having.

  4. nigel walker

    15th August, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    burntwood his get there but burntwood need shopping center then be like lichfeild it be ok for lichfeild to have debenhams eve one rich in lichfeild

  5. Dave

    15th August, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Positive news for Lichfield, both its shoppers and traders. However I can’t help but feel the convenience and choice that is offered by online shopping and our all under one roof ‘hypermarkets’, the writing is on the wall for provincial town centres.

  6. Lindsey Smith

    15th August, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I think Debenhams will be a fabulous boost to Lichfield and it’s arrival can only be a good thing.
    We live in a beautiful city and it makes me sad to see the state of Three Spires Shopping Centre. I hope that many more units will be snapped up once Debenhams arrives. It may not be a bargain store like TJs was but we still have plenty of those with B&M, What!, PoundStretcher, etc. Some higher quality names will help lift the profile of the city and bring back a wider range of shoppers from further afield.

  7. BrownhillsBob

    15th August, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    A Debenhams. Interesting. The TJ Hughes building isn’t in line with their usual retail profile. Be interesting to see how they make it fit.

    Nice to see Ye Olde City finally catching up with Walsall and getting a Debs in…

    Other than that, I’ll have an ounce of whatever Mr. Walker has been smoking, please.