It’s good news for local shoppers as the town centre’s flagship Debenhams store has been saved from closure.
The council has been working with Debenhams and investment management company LaSalle to complete a deal that sees the Golden Square store remain open, following the announcement of its immediate closure on Friday 17 April.
Earlier this month, Debenhams announced that it would not be reopening its Warrington store after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Debenhams confirmed the closure of seven stores across the country, including Warrington, after going into administration.
However, following this announcement, the council has worked with partners to reverse the decision, to ensure that the store can reopen once again.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, commented: “Debenhams is a widely-recognised and highly respected national brand, and we all know how much the flagship store means to our local shoppers. It’s one of the most popular stores in Golden Square – it’s played a big part in our high street and town centre for more than a decade, and we’re pleased this is set to continue.
“Acknowledging the important role Debenhams plays for its staff, shoppers and other retailers in Warrington, I was concerned to hear the store would be closed indefinitely. The council reacted immediately to this announcement and we have been determined to find a way to reverse the decision.
“I am therefore delighted with the news that the store is set to remain open following our intervention. This sends a strong signal that the council is determined to ensure that the town centre continues to be a vibrant and successful place for the people of Warrington and beyond.
“I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to officers who have provided support to get this deal over the line – particularly whilst in the midst of responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been a brilliant team effort.”