Debenhams warns on Welsh store closures | News

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has granted a costs holiday getaway to all retail, leisure and hospitality corporations for a 12 months. 

The Welsh Government in the beginning said it would match these ideas. Nevertheless, it has since made the decision not to lengthen aid to attributes with a rateable benefit of £500,000 and higher than.

Debenhams chairman Mark Gifford has described the determination as “self-defeating”. In a letter, he said: “It is deeply regrettable that, by electing to just take a distinct solution to that taken somewhere else in the Uk, you have built it economically unviable for us to continue trading the bulk of our Welsh business.

“You have unsuccessful to understand the scenario, exactly where Debenhams Retail Confined is in administration and will cease to spend business costs unless it chooses to reopen its suppliers in Wales. It will be unable to reopen its suppliers unless you reverse your determination.”

He said the problem could be fixed quickly if it basically excludes companies in administration. Its 5 Welsh suppliers are dependent in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Wrexham and Llandudno. 

Meanwhile, it has emerged that 4 more Debenhams suppliers will not be reopening. They branches in Southhampton, Swindon, Kidderminster and Borehamwood will continue to be closed, after it unsuccessful to secure promotions with landlords.

According to genuine estate adviser Altus Team, business costs payable for 2020/21 on Debenhams’ 4 Welsh suppliers equate to £2.4m: 

  • St. Davids Way, Cardiff – £1,162,720 
  • The Quadrant, Swansea – £626,080 
  • Friars Walk Procuring Centre, Newport – £285,090 
  • Eagles Meadow, Wrexham – £279,500