‘It will be a big loss’ - Debenhams to close in Great Yarmouth
Shoppers in Great Yarmouth have expressed their disappointment after it was announced Debenhams would be closing in the town.
On Friday the chain announced the closure of 22 stores across the UK next year as part of a major restructuring.
Ron and Tracey Cox, from Great Yarmouth, described the news of the store in Market Gates closing as a big shame.
Mr Cox said: “It will be a big loss for the town because it sells quality clothing.
“We shopped there quite a bit so it is disappointing.”
You may also want to watch:
A spokesman for owners of Market Gates, Ellandi, said it had been anticipating the closure of the store for some time and had been working on alternative plans.
Stores in Norwich and King’s Lynn are to remain open but those in Canterbury, Guildford, Wolverhampton and Kirkcaldy will also close with up to 1200 jobs lost nationwide.
Town centre manager for Great Yarmouth Jonathan Newman, said he was disappointed by the news.
- 1 Man re-arrested over murder of missing 83-year-old Pat Holland
- 2 'Something really fresh for Great Yarmouth' - Empire ready to re-open
- 3 Pleasure Beach's tropical event ready to launch - and free macs if it rains
- 4 Weather warning as more thunderstorms set to hit parts of the region
- 5 Appeal to find missing man from London last seen at Norfolk campsite
- 6 Police searching for Patricia Holland believe her to be dead
- 7 7 big projects in Great Yarmouth and when they are happening
- 8 Coastguard joins search for missing London man last seen in Norfolk
- 9 Britain's Got Talent golden buzzer winner to appear in Gorleston cabaret show
- 10 Best friend pays tribute to missing woman, describing her as a 'lovely lady'
“The recent struggle of the Debenhams department store chain with falling sales and record losses has been widely covered in the national news and whilst it seemed inevitable that this would result in store closures it is obviously disappointing to learn that Great Yarmouth is one of the 22 locations earmarked for closure next year,” he said.
“My thoughts are with the staff at Great Yarmouth Debenhams who, through no fault of their own, now face an uncertain future following this announcement.”