Welwyn Garden City Debenhams store under threat?

20th April 2017

Following Debenhams’ announcement this morning that up to 10 UK stores might be closing down, the Welwyn Garden City shop could potentially be under threat of closure.

Department store group Debenhams announced the its interim results and future strategy this morning.

Over the next five years the company will review for closure up to 10 UK stores should they not meet objectives.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “We intend to test the conversion of some smaller UK stores into outlets, and will invest in upgrading those stores in major shopping destinations and remerchandising the remainder of the store estate.

“It can’t be confirmed if the Welwyn Garden City store will be closed just yet but if a store is performing badly we would potentially close it down.”

However, the much-anticipated Stevenage Debenhams store will now open its doors earlier than expected.

Work began to build the two-storey department store on the Roaring Meg Retail and Leisure Park in April 2015, and in October the same year an opening date of autumn 2017 was set.

But work has started on fitting out the inside of the store, and it will open this summer.

The spokesperson added: “Whilst it is stated that up to 10 stores will be considered for closure over the next five years, there will not be any immediate implications for any of the stores.

“At the same time, we continue to open a small amount of stores in selected locations.”