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12,000 jobs at risk as Debenhams stores set to close

Debenhams stores are set to close, putting 12,000 jobs at risk.

Debenhams stores are set to close. Picture: PA (43352525)
Debenhams stores are set to close. Picture: PA (43352525)

It comes after JD Sports pulled out of rescue talks for troubled department store chain, which has an outlet in The Grafton centre in Cambridge.

JD Sports was the last remaining bidder for Debenhams, which has been in administration since April.

In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said: “JD Sports Fashion, the leading retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands, confirms that discussions with the administrators of Debenhams regarding a potential acquisition of the UK business have now been terminated.”

Debenhams has already cut 6,500 jobs across its operation amid heavy cost-cutting after entering administration for the second time in 12 months.

JD Sports has pulled out of a deal for Debenhams. Picture: PA (43352523)
JD Sports has pulled out of a deal for Debenhams. Picture: PA (43352523)

It is understood that the collapse of the deal is partly linked to the administration of Arcadia, which is the biggest operator of concessions in Debenhams stores.

Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia tumbled into insolvency on Monday evening, casting a shadow over its own 13,000 workers and 444 stores. Arcadia’s brands include Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Evans and Wallis.

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