Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
various locations
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores

660 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 January 2020
Employment effect (start)
11 January 2020
Foreseen end date


Debenhams, the British high street retailer, has announced that that it will close 19 of its department stores across the country in January 2020, making 660 employees redundant. The store closures are part of a major restructuring programme. Representatives of the company said they aim to close 50 stores in total, but no further closures are planned this year. According to the company's management, this year's job cuts are fewer than originally anticipated and it was hoped that some staff could be redeployed.

The affected units are located in Altrincham, Ashford, Birmingham, Canterbury, Kirkcaldy, Chatham, Eastbourne, Folkestone, Great Yarmouth, Slough, Southport, Southsea, Stockton-on-Tees, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Welwyn, Witney, Wimbledon and Wolverhampton.

The company went into administration in April 2019, after months of internal struggles between its shareholders and it is now following an insolvency route known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which allows it to reduce negotiate reduced rent on its remaining 163 stores.



Eurofound (2020), Debenhams, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 99661, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99661.