Any hopes of saving Lichfield’s branch of Debenhams have been dashed after the company’s brand was purchased but not the stores.

Debenhams in Lichfield. Picture: Google Streetview

The retailer has been looking for a buyer since the end or last year.

Online fashion brand Boohoo has now agreed a £55million to save the brand, but said it would not be taking on any of the company’s staff or stores – including the one at the Three Spires Shopping Centre.

Administrators FRP Advisory said:

“This transaction will allow a new Debenhams-branded business to emerge under strong new ownership, including an online operation and the opportunity to secure an international franchise network that will operate under licence using the Debenhams name.”

FRP Advisory

Debenhams stores have been shut as part of the current national lockdown.

3 replies on “Deal to buy Debenhams brand will see Lichfield store close”

  1. Nothing seems to stick on that site. M&S has told Fabricant in the past that they would like a presence in the city, but in this climate?
    A friend suggested an indoor market which would be good but I think the existing markets are struggling through lack of footfall.
    Another sizeable nail in the Lichfield retail coffin.
    Probably LDC will approve it as flat or housing conversion, or what about a ready made leisure centre?

  2. Another nail in the coffin for Lichfield’s retail offer. Feel very sorry for the staff who before this lockdown had kept things going knowing they were facing redundancy. I doubt there will be anybody willing to take over the space.

  3. Lichfield needs a store of some quality in the Debenhams spot. It draws in customers who then visit other stores as I do. Without a really good store there is a greater chance shoppers will go instead to Tamworth for the big stores losing even more footfall for urge Mr Fabricant to do his best to encourage another good quality store to open there asap.

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