Debenhams will not reopen three more stores when lockdown restrictions on retailers are eased next week, in a move that will cost around 300 jobs.
The news brings the tally of Debenhams outlets that will stay closed next week to 20.
It comes after the retailer failed to agree terms with the landlord, embattled shopping centre owner Intu, over the trio of stores.
The closures will be at Debenhams outlets at the Metrocentre in Gateshead, Milton Keynes, and Watford.
City A.M. understands that around 100 jobs will be lost at each of the three locations.
The company collapsed into administration for the second time in a year in April, after coronavirus piled pressure on the business.
In addition to store closures, Debenhams has been cutting jobs at its head office in recent months. It has also closed the majority of its store cafes in a bid to cut costs.
More than 4,000 jobs will be lost as a result of the restructuring.
The move also comes despite Debenhams saving £2.84m in business rates on the three stores from the government’s retail discount from 1st April for 2020/21, according to calculations by real estate adviser Altus Group.
The Watford store in particular was once seen as a landmark outlet. It launched in 2018 as part of a £180m extension to the shopping centre, and featured a beauty hall and pop-up gin bar.
A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “Sadly we have been unable to agree terms with the landlord.
“As a result these stores will not be re-opening in line with the rest of the chain next week.
“We greatly regret the effect on our colleagues, who have served our customers with commitment and dedication.
“Our customers can continue to shop with us online at www.debenhams.com or at other local stores from next week.”