Following the successful reopening of 50 stores on Monday 15 June, Debenhams has reopened a further 38 stores in England today (Wednesday 17 June), with the rest set soon to follow. Four stores have also reopened in Northern Ireland, whilst the business awaits confirmation from Wales and Scotland as to when stores located in those nations can reopen.
Debenhams has implemented a raft of measures to keep its colleagues and customers safe, including installing 2,000 perspex screens at tills, providing staff with visors and gloves and implementing queue management processes, which have been well received at our initial openings.
Steven Cook, managing director, Debenhams, said: “We were pleased with the first day of reopening in England yesterday, following the reopening of our Northern Irish stores last week. Our customers have been complimentary about the safety precautions we have introduced. It is very early days of course, but we look forward to opening most of our remaining English stores on Wednesday. Longer-term, there will be plenty of issues to be resolved, notably around unsustainable rates bills, if the High Street is going to get back onto a sustainable footing.”