Fears for Debenhams in Sheffield, Doncaster and Meadowhall as firm announces plans to close 50 stores

Debenhams has today announced plans to close 50 stores as profits plummeted.

Thursday, 25th October 2018, 7:43 am
Updated Thursday, 25th October 2018, 7:53 am
Debenhams on The Moor, Sheffield

CRIME: Sheffield gym owner Ross Burkinshaw gives thief three days to admit break-in The firm said the closures will take place over a three to five year period although none of the stores affected have yet been announced.

Debenhams on The Moor, Sheffield

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Debenhams operates stores on The Moor in Sheffield, at Meadowhall and in the Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster.

The closure plan will put around 4,000 jobs at risk.

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The company lost £491.5 million in the year to September, with the firm blaming store and lease provisions, IT costs and impairment charges.

Last year the company made a £59 million profit.

Boss Sergio Bucher said: "It has been a tough year for retail in 2018 and our performance reflects that. We are taking decisive steps to strengthen Debenhams in a market that remains volatile and challenging.

"We are taking tough decisions on stores where financial performance is likely to deteriorate over time.

"Debenhams remains a strong and trusted brand with 19 million customers shopping with us over the past year. With a strengthened balance sheet, we will focus investment behind our strategic priorities and ensure that Debenhams has a sustainable and profitable future."

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