Nuneaton and Bedworth’s council leader said her heart goes out to all the staff affected by the Debenham’s collapse.

Town Hall leader councillor Julie Jackson said she was shocked to hear the news yesterday (December 1) and immediately thought of those who work at the iconic Bridge Street branch.

“My heart goes out to them,” Cllr Jackson said.

“When woke up and heard the news I thought straight away about the staff at our store in Nuneaton.

“It is such a big store in Nuneaton, in one of our most prominent buildings and it will be such a huge shame to see Debenhams go.”

She added that the borough, like so many up and down the country, has been hit by the impact of Covid-19 and the surge in online shopping.

“Our high streets are finding it really difficult,” she said.

“We, as a council, are committed to do all we can to help the businesses in these difficult situations by distributing the government grants made available to them.

“It is such a difficult time for our high streets and our shops, we are asking people to support them if they can.”

The department store confirmed yesterday (December 1) that last-ditch efforts to rescue the ailing chain had failed sparking a liquidation process. Liquidators will attempt to sell off individual parts of the business but any stores which are not sold will face closure.

Debenhams, which has around 12,000 staff, was said to be preparing a 70% off pre-Christmas clearance in what’s expected to be the last ever sale across its remaining 124 stores.

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