Department store giant Debenhams has given its Stoke-on-Trent branch a stay of execution – after revealing when 27 of its shops will close.
The 242-year-old retailer collapsed into administration earlier this year but had reopened 97 of its stores after lockdown to sell off remaining stock.
Previously the company had told The Mirror it would start to close stores from May 2 with all due to shut by May 15.
It has now revealed the store inside The Potteries Centre in Hanley will close its doors for good before May 15. Other branches will close on May 2 and 4.
Debenhams will then operate online-only when stores permanently close their doors after being bought by Boohoo in January this year in a deal worth £55million.
The purchase only included the Debenhams name and website, but not its physical stores.
The deal also put 12,000 jobs at the company at risk, although it is not clear at this stage how many of these roles have been saved by Boohoo.
A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “With such great bargains on offer, it’s no wonder our stock is selling out incredibly fast.
“Time is running out for shoppers to take advantage of the incredible discounts being offered at these 27 stores.”
Debenhams has not confirmed exact closing dates for the rest of its stores, but they are expected to be shut permanently by May 15.
The stores are reopening as part of Debenhams’ final stock liquidation process and will continue to trade until stock is fully cleared.
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