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Embattled retailer Debenhams is preparing to cut “hundreds” of jobs, with both head office and in-store roles set to go. Debenhams, which is set to reopen most of its branches on 15 June, will cut some in-store roles due to reduced opening hours and the continued closure of services such as cafes, City A.M. understands. [...]
Major high street retailers including Debenhams and Topshop owner Arcadia are negotiating with landlords over whether stores will reopen after the coronavirus lockdown ends. All non-essential retailers were ordered to close when the government implemented restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus last month. However, some stores will not reopen when the lockdown is relaxed [...]
Department store chain Debenhams has fallen into administration and announced that it will permanently close its stores in Ireland. Debenhams has appointed FRP Advisory as administrators in the UK in a move that it said will protect the high street chain from legal action. The retailer said it could have faced liquidation while its 142 [...]
Debenhams today gave notice to appoint administrators for what it said would be a “light touch” administration with the management remaining on board. This approach accords with ideas being floated by City insolvency lawyers who have proposed using the administration regime to mothball companies during the crisis and reviving them when economic conditions improve. Luke [...]
Embattled department store Debenhams is reportedly in urgent talks over a further restructuring plan that could involve more store closures. The high street chain has ramped up discussions with landlords due to the coronavirus outbreak. Debenhams’ lenders, which took control of the retailer last year, are unwilling to provide further funding without landlords agreeing to [...]
Struggling department store Debenhams has reportedly launched a search for a new chief executive as restructuring expert Stefaan Vansteenkiste prepares to step down after less than a year. Vansteenkiste is set to leave the role within months, after taking over in August, and headhunter Spencer Stuart has been brought in to find a replacement, Sky [...]
Debenhams today denied that the commitment of its lenders to a debt for equity swap is wavering, as the beleaguered retailer responded to reports that securing a debt restructuring is dependent on landlords granting steep rent cuts. The high street chain could be forced to close further stores if it is unable to negotiate lower [...]
Beleaguered department store Debenhams has appointed the former boss of Argos as a non-executive director in order to strengthen its board as it implements a turnaround plan. John Walden, who was chief executive of Home Retail Group until it sold Argos to Sainsbury’s in 2016 and is currently chairman of Naked Wines, has been appointed [...]
Debenhams has secured an extra £50m from its lenders to support the struggling department store through the crucial Christmas trading period. Last month the retailer approached its investor consortium – which bought the company out of administration – for the additional financing, on top of the £200m secured in March this year. Read more: Debenhams [...]
Debenhams finance chief Rachel Osborne has stepped down in order to join struggling fashion brand Ted Baker. Osborne was appointed chief finance officer at the embattled department store in September last year, and has quit after one year to take on the same role at Ted Baker. Read more: Debenhams wins high court battle to [...]
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