Wakefield's Debenhams, Topshop and Burton stores to "open as normal" as lockdown comes to an end

Wakefield's Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Burton stores will open as normal when the national lockdown comes to an end.

Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 5:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 5:58 pm
Wakefield's Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Burton stores will open as normal when the national lockdown comes to an end.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that retail giant Arcadia, which is responsible for brands including Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, had fallen into administration, putting 13,000 jobs at risk.

And Debenhams this morning confirmed plans to "wind business down" at all stores, while still seeking offers for part or all of the business.

It is understood that the department store, which entered administration in April, had been in talks with JD Sports about a potential acquisition, but these talks have now ended, casting uncertainty on the future of the company's 12,000 employees.

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But a spokesperson for Wakefield's Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, where many of the affected stores are located, said the shops would be "opening and trading as normal" tomorrow (Weds, December 2).

The shops, like many others, have been closed for the last month as part of the second national lockdown.

But they will be allowed to reopen tomorrow when the Wakefield district enters Tier 3 restrictions, which allow non-essential retail stores to welcome customers once again.