Shelves bare in The Mall's Debenhams as store bids adieu to Luton

Shelves were bare in Debenhams in Luton's The Mall as the store prepares to close tomorrow (Saturday).

By Stewart Carr
Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:02 pm
The store was largely empty today
The store was largely empty today

Last month, the department store chain announced all of its branches would close by May 15 after going into receivership.

The Luton branch was one of 25 stores scheduled to close on Saturday, May 8.

Shoppers have made the most of the 80% fashion discount in the store's closing down sale, with just a tiny selection of items available today.

The Mall is looking for a new occupier to replace Debenhams

Fergus McLardy, project manager of Luton BID, said: “It is obviously disappointing to see Debenhams closing across the country, not just in Luton, especially as it has been a UK retail stalwart for so long.

"Many businesses are feeling the pressures of the current climate, but we have been encouraged by the number new retailers opening in the town centre recently.

"It shows that while Covid-19 has brought many challenges, we are now seeing business owners, workers and the people of Luton rallying together to support the recovery.

"Luton BID is here to help the town centre’s existing, resilient businesses, as well as those who are new to our local business community.”

Shoppers took full advantage of 80% fashion discounts