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Lichfield MP “deeply concerned” over future of city’s Debenhams store

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant says he is “deeply concerned” about the future of the city’s Debenhams store.

The department store has entered administration this week.

Although it will continue to trade, a number of sites are likely to close, although no confirmation on which ones has been announced yet.

Michael Fabricant

Mr Fabricant said he hoped staff at the Lichfield store would not lose their jobs.

“I am deeply concerned about the future of the Lichfield branch and its employees,” he said.

“I will work with the district council and the landlords if Debenhams’ administrators ask me to do so to determine what can be done to keep the store open if its future is as risk.

“In the meantime, I have been in contact with Marks & Spencer’s management who are keen to open a larger branch of its food store in Lichfield if a suitable location can be found.

“Debenhams has been under financial stress for some time now. The chain’s stores will continue to trade as the lenders seek to refinance and restructure the business by closing unprofitable stores.

“The firm has entered administration after the retailer failed to reach a deal with Sports Direct, the department store chain’s largest shareholder.”

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4 Comments

  1. John

    11th April, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Mike is the best MP, tirelessly working for us.

  2. Nodge

    11th April, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    @John: LOL 😂

  3. Monty

    11th April, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    @John haha!! Yeah – tirelessly making national headlines for making racist tweets, threatening to punch a female journalist in the throat, calling a young local voter a “twat”….I could go on. Also voted to support the war in Iraq, votes in favour of a pay cap on teachers and nurses (while accepting approx 10 pay increases himself in the same period). Nice chap.

    Last year he claimed expenses worth £146,000 (excluding his salary), yet he denies a pay increase for nurses…..?!

    The man is an embarrassing cancer on glorious Lichfield. Much like the City Council in fact.

  4. Mike Edwards

    11th April, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I remember when GKN said it was closing sintermetals (Bound Brook) I contacted the mike fabricant for his help to fight the closure, I had a letter back in green pen saying he could contact the secretary of state for manufacturing to get involved, no one contacted us, never had a visit from mike that was 2006, good luck.

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