New photos show last day at Debenhams in Sheffield as bargain-hunters strip shelves bare

These photos show the last day of trading at Debenhams in Sheffield city centre, with bargain hunters rummaging through boxes as the shelves were stripped bare.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 11:46 am
The final day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield city centre

The department store on The Moor shut its doors for good on Saturday, May 15, along with branches across the UK, bringing down the final curtain on the chain’s 242 year history.

Discounts of up to 80 per cent had been offered in an attempt to clear the stock, and the store was reduced to a jumble sale as shoppers flocked to take advantage.

These photos of the final day’s trading capture the last throes of the former high street giant’s sad demise, with customers searching amid empty shelves for one last bargain.

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Shoppers scour boxes for bargains on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield

They were taken by Linda Millar, who like many Sheffielders has fond memories of shopping there in years gone by.

She recalled visiting the store to buy new outfits for job interviews, and getting clothes for her son.

It was announced in February that all 118 stores would close permanently and 12,000 staff would be made redundant, after rescue talks failed.

Chairs stacked in the cafe at Debenhams

Debenhams, which employed more than 20,000 people before the pandemic, sold its brand and website to online giant Boohoo for £55 million in January but confirmed its bricks and mortar business would close for good.

The new owner of The Moor, property company NewRiver, has suggested the building could be flattened and redeveloped.

There were big discounts available on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
Empty racks on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
The future of the old Debenhams building on The Moor in Sheffield is unknown
Discounts of up to 80 per cent were available on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
Empty shelves on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
The branch on The Moor in Sheffield was among the last Debenhams stores in the UK to close on Saturday
Not a soul in sight after the shelves were stripped bare on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
The last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield
Shoppers search the shelves and racks on the last day of trading at Debenhams on The Moor in Sheffield