Debenhams warns Welsh stores may be forced to shut permanently

Debehams is celebrating fathers who have been working to helpeveryone through lockdown with a campaign featuring Debenhams workers (and dads) praising their loved ones’ efforts and how they plan to show they care.
The “my dad my hero” campaign features Debenhams’ dads and their kids.
// Debenhams says its Welsh stores may be forced to shut permanently
// It says the Wales finance minister has made it “unviable” to continue trading the majority of its Welsh business

Debenhams has reportedly warned that its Welsh stores may be forced to shut permanently unless the government reverses a decision on business rates relief.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has granted a rates holiday to all retail, leisure and hospitality firms for a year just as the coronavirus crisis escalated in the UK.

Wales initially said it would match these plans but then changed the threshold for those eligible.


The Welsh government decided not to extend relief to properties with a rateable value of £500,000 and above.

It said the change means business rates would be used for grants to small firms.

Debenhams’ chairman Mark Gifford said that the move threatens the viability of its biggest stores in Wales, BBC News reported.

He also said it was “regrettable” that by electing to take a different approach, the Welsh finance minister made it “unviable” for the retailer to continue trading the majority of its Wales business.

He added that the department store chain will cease to pay business rates unless it chooses to reopen its stores in Wales.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that four more Debenhams stores will not reopen post-lockdown, after the business failed to agree deals with landlords.

The shops are in Southampton, Swindon, Kidderminster and Borehamwood.

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  1. I think this shows the system of business rates is flawed, why not have a tax on turnover? Who care Debenhams could still be online it’s easier if they shut a load of shops I think wales made the right decision they are supporting the people not the businesses. Debenhams will collapse anyway no point furloughing a loss making company who won’t pay Bangladesh suppliers

  2. Easier to shut a load of shops. Pity about the 900 Welsh shop workers who will lose their jobs. Well that’s life in the big city.


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