Yorkshire news Debenhams staff reduced to tears with shelves bare as final day looms PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The retail giant in Sheffield is preparing to pull down the shutters for the final time

Yorkshire news Debenhams staff reduced to tears with shelves bare as final day looms PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The retail giant in Sheffield is preparing to pull down the shutters for the final time

Yorkshire news  Debenhams staff reduced to tears with shelves bare as final day looms PremierLeague-News.Com
12 May 2021 - 19:47

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Debenhams staff in Sheffield are bracing themselves for tears as they prepare to pull down the shutters for the final time. The city centre store, and the store at Meadowhall, will close for good on Saturday, May 15 - ending 240 years of retail history for the company. Debenhams battled administration and bankruptcy before eventually being bought out by online retailers Boohoo for £55 million in January. Today (Wednesday) hazard tape sealed off vast parts of the Sheffield store left empty, with the menswear escalator cut off by red barriers with a note saying “stock sold out”. The makeup counters were being torn down by a man wearing a high vis jacket, as shoppers searched through the stock left under signs reading “everything must go”, the Mirror reports. Nicola Rice, 35, who works in the collapsed retailer’s city-centre store, is one of 12,000 workers who’ve lost their jobs. Staff member Nicola Rice is losing her job as the Debenhams on the High street in Sheffield closes for the last time The mum, who’d worked there since leaving school, admitted: “I’m going to cry when the shutters come down on Saturday. “I love our regular customers and they say coming to see us and having a chat has been the highlight of their day. To get the latest email updates from South Yorkshire Live, click here . “It’s been so sad here especially when they started closing off the floors where people have worked for years. “Sadly I think it was stuck in a time warp, but in a nice way!” Nicola, who said she’d worked at the store “on and off for 20 years”, added: “This was always a safe place to come back to work. I haven’t found another job yet and I’ve lost my safety net now.” Read More Related Articles Meadowhall announces massive changes for online shoppers Read More Related Articles The 14 Meadowhall shops that have been lost for good On Wednesday, 21 Debenham branches shut for good, including Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Guildford, Lichfield, Mansfield, Preston, Scarborough and Warrington. Mum-of-two, Patricia Gomez, 59, said she had been shopping at Sheffield's huge city centre store for around forty years. “I’ve been eight or nine times in the last two weeks both to get a bargain and to say goodbye. I told the staff I was sorry they were going,” she said. Patricia Gomez had shopped at the store for 40 years ‘I can’t believe it’s going. I bought my children’s Holy Communion outfits and my daughter’s prom dress here. “I’ve bought two dresses for my brother’s wedding today. It’s so sad.

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. Lauren Shaw, 30, said stores like Debenhams were vital for the community after bumping into a pal she hadn’t seen in 12 years outside the store. “I do a lot of shopping online but stores like this bring people into the city and it brings the community together,” she said. “If I hadn’t come into town I would not have bumped into her.” Lauren Shaw Rachel Shorley, a civil servant, also 30, added: “They are rejuvenating the city so I just think we need to be patient.” But retired M&S worker, David Marsh, aged 80, said: “With John Lewis closing down too, it’s depressing. “I’m worried it’s damaged the heart of Sheffield. It’s another blow. “Hopefully the public will come back to the High Street, because it has improved vastly over the years." Debenhams opened in Sheffield in 1971 and yesterday customers told of their fears its closure could “break” the heart of their city. The retailer was bought by a trio of private equity barons in 2003 for £600million. They made a staggering return less than three years later by banking £1.2billion when it floated on the stock market. Floors are being cleared one by one Yet by that time Debenhams’ debts had ballooned from £100million to £1billion. Independent retail consultant Richard Hyman told the Mirror: “The writing has been on the wall for Debenhams for an awfully long time. “Its sales were too weak and its ranges were not very relevant. "But the pivotal issue was the level of debt it had, which was completely unsustainable. “The cost of servicing that debt meant it had no money to invest.” But amid the gloom, there is hope for some of the branches with the Bournemouth store being revived as Bobby’s, as it was originally in 1972 before it turned into Debenhams. Read More Related Articles 'I forgot what it was like to earn money'!' Sheffield's independent traders open their doors for the first time in months Read More Related Articles Major plan to rejuvenate Sheffield city centre after John Lewis departure

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