Bedford Debenhams store confirmed to close permanently on 4 May

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The Bedford store is set to close

Debenhams has today confirmed that its store in Bedford is among the 27 that will close permanently at the beginning of May.

The Bedford store will close on Tuesday 4 May, exactly two years after M&S closed its doors.

As stores clear their last remaining stock, there will be discounts up to 80% off fashion and home and 70% off beauty and fragrance.

Since 2016, Bedford – along with hundreds of other town centres – has lost many of its department stores.

BHS closed in August 2016 and despite the building being bought and renovated by the billionaire owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Philip Day, it has not fully opened since.

In 2019, M&S pulled the plug on their Midland Road store. It has just been announced that B&M will be moving into the building.

Last year, both Beales and Debenhams announced they would be closing all their bricks and mortar stores. It is not known what the long-term future for these buildings is.

In an upbeat statement that belies the strength of feeling among loyal and life-long customers, a spokesperson for Debenhams said: “With such great bargains on offer, it’s no wonder our stock is selling out incredibly fast.

“Time is running out for shoppers to take advantage of the incredible discounts being offered at these 27 stores.”

More comment to follow on this story later.

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