Debenhams has announced it will close 22 stores early next year, putting 1,200 jobs at risk, but the two flagship Suffolk stores will remain in business.
The outlets in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds will continue trading, which is excellent news for both towns. However, they are not out of the woods yet, as Debenhams is expected to close 50 stores in total.
Shoppers and business leaders will be hoping the two Suffolk stores remain open as they are a focal point for the town centres.
The full list of store closures includes Great Yarmouth:
Welwyn Garden City
The department store chain is planning to close a total of 50 of its worst-performing stores but has yet to confirm the locations of the remaining shops at risk.
Terry Duddy, the executive chairman of Debenhams, said: “The issues facing the UK high street are very well known. Debenhams has a clear strategy and a bright future but in order for the business to prosper, we need to restructure the group’s store portfolio and its balance sheet, which are not appropriate for today’s much-changed retail environment. Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future.”