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Debenhams announces closing dates for stores

Gloucester's Debenhams store is likely to close its doors for the final time on May 15.

Debenhams, which sold its website and brand to online retailer Boohoo for £55m in January, is holding a final sale to sell remaining stock after reopening from lockdown earlier this month.

It has announced final closing dates for 52 of its stores, starting on Sunday with more to follow on May 4 and May 8.

The remaining 45 shops will continue trading for a few more days with final closures expected by May 15.

The future of the Debenhams building in Gloucester was confirmed last month with the announcement of its sale to the University of Gloucestershire.

It will be transformed into a campus for teaching, learning and community partnerships with the first phase open as early as September 2023.

The university said it would explore allocating part of the ground floor space for dual-use facilities for the community, offering city-centre access to services such as learning, wellbeing, enterprise and culture for the public.

Initial plans involve refurbishing the 1930s Art Deco building, which offers 20,000sq m across five floors, creating attractive, modern spaces to expand the scale and range of its higher education programmes.

Long queues appeared outside Debenhams as shoppers returned with the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions on April 12.

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