Letter: A huge thank you and Goodbye to Debenhams!
Sughra Begum, Handsworth Road, Sheffield, S13
Saturday May 15, 2021, was the saddest day for the customers, staff and the retail world as yet another famous retailer bites the dust.
My long association with Debenhams what I called the Harrods of the North, has been since I arrived in England in 1969 and starting shopping there at the Moor store, Sheffield city centre.
Debenhams had a different culture and feel because the minute you stepped inside the department store and saw the perfume, the make-up and the jewellery counters you were transported into having a great shopping experience compared to other department stores.
I have shopped and been a loyal customer of Debenhams until the last day.
However, the thought of not being able to get quality clothing, shoes, handbags and homeware as well as beauty products with genuine ‘sale’ opportunities under one roof is unimaginable.
In the obsession to buy before it closed down and grab a bargain or two, I bought dresses, jackets, shoes, pans, bedding and the most obscure was sandpaper for 41p and Christmas socks at 20p.
I would like to sincerely thank all the people who made Debenhams the iconic store it was and offer immense gratitude to the staff who put on a smile until the last moment when the store closed.
This was the end of an era, an enjoyable retail experience which guaranteed to fulfil your desire for retail therapy.