Coronavirus: Debenhams calls for rent holiday to handle disruption

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Debenhams has requested for the rent holiday to begin immediately
// Debenhams calls for five-month rent holiday amid coronavirus outbreak
// Debenhams became one of many retailers to witness the impact of the outbreak

Debenhams has requested for a five-month rent holiday from its landlords as it finds ways to deal with disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The department store chain has asked for the rent-free period to begin immediately.

“All retailers are facing unprecedented pressures from the current situation and we are managing our operations to minimise risks to colleagues and customers while, as far as possible, trading as normal,” a Debenhams spokesman said.


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“We have access to funding, supportive investors and an experienced leadership team that will take appropriate action to manage through this period.”

Debenhams has become one of the many retailers to witness the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as many shoppers decide to stay at home and avoid the local high street.

Fashion retailers such as Urban Outfitters have closed all global stores to help minimise the spread of the virus.

To add to Debenhams’ woes, its chief executive Stefaan Vansteenkiste announced his resignation last week, after less than a year in the role.

Vansteenkiste is set to step down within months and headhunter Spencer Stuart has been hired to find his successor.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. They want 5 month rent holiday, say they have funding and money and yet they won’t give sick pay to part time workers or close the stores due to the Covid – 19 outbreak. No consideration for those who are vulnerable and suffering to the outbreak, staff and customers. Close the stores!

  2. Hospitals will close before Debenhams, they do not care one bit about staff or customers for the fact by keeping us open, we do not sell medicine or food so we are not a necessity, just risking staff and customers for the sake of some coin…

    • My mother is a supervisor for a Debenhams store, and has worked for the company 24 years. (25 years this October 2020) and she thinks from information from head office and from London, only flag ship stores will re open after lock down.
      Don’t know how true this is but Debenhams is in finical hard ship.

  3. My mother is a supervisor for a Debenhams store, and has worked for the company 24 years. (25 years this October 2020) and she thinks from information from head office and from London, only flag ship stores will re open after lock down.
    Don’t know how true this is but Debenhams is in finical hard ship.

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