By Natasha Brewer •
Published: 15 May 2021 • 12:53
Debenhams closes its doors after 200 years. Image: Twitter
“People are loving it; some items are 80 percent off,” one employee said as customers rummaged through clothing rails lined up in the middle of the store floor. “It’s just sad,” she said. Some [staff] have worked here for 20 or 30 years, and it is their only home.”
Shoppers were also saddened, with one speculating that Debenhams’ closure would leave a “huge empty hole” in the city’s center.
Some wondered whether the city centre will still be worth visiting after Saturday, given that there would be just one department store left open, local independent Atkinsons, following the permanent closing of John Lewis’ Sheffield store in March and the closure of TJ Hughes’ nearby outlet last year.
“I’m heartbroken. I’ve cried over it. One shopper lamented, “It makes me so sad to see our town center transform into a ghost town.”
As reported by The Guardian
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