Debenhams deal will not see flats in Gloucester store
By Rob Freeman | 11th March 2021
Gloucester's city centre Debenhams store will not be turned into flats according to the city's MP.
Richard Graham and owners Aviva told BBC Radio Gloucestershire a deal to buy the building has been agreed.
Details of the buyers have not been revealed, but Mr Graham said plans for the building were exciting.
He said: "There's 20,000sq m of space inside this building, only a quarter of which was actually used by Debenhams.
"The new owner will make full use of the whole building and bring a lot of life and people into the centre of Gloucester in a way that I think everyone will very much approve of.
"I think it's really important because this is the biggest building in Gloucester by a long way and its future use is pivotal to the success of King's Square and King's Quarter."
Debenhams entered a liquidation process in December and the store remained open to sell remaining stock before it was forced to close by lockdown restrictions.
The company's brand and website was bought in a £55million deal by online fashion retailer Boohoo in January.
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