Apr 30, 2019

Debenhams closures: Four ways to use the empty stores

Last week Debenhams named 22 of the 50 stores it plans to close as part of a plan by new owners to revive the department store chain. In total, it says 235 former department stores currently stand empty across the UK following a spate of recent closures - up from 82 in 2014. Some former shops are finding inventive ways to reuse redundant space, offering potential inspiration for any Debenhams stores that struggle to find buyers. In 2018, for example eight BHS stores became B&M Bargains, six went to Primark, four went to H&M and five went to Poundland, with Wilco and Next also acquiring sites. Former BHS stores have become gyms, hotels and restaurants, while crazy golf operator Swingers even moved into the first floor of the former BHS flagship store on London's Oxford Street.

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