Apr 24, 2020

Debenhams threatens to keep Welsh stores shut

Debenhams has warned the Welsh finance minister it will be forced to shut its major shops in Wales unless the government reverses a decision on business rates relief. The Welsh Government initially said it would match these plans. "You have failed to understand the situation, where Debenhams Retail Limited is in administration and will cease to pay business rates unless it chooses to reopen its stores in Wales." The BBC has contacted the Welsh Government for a response. It has emerged that four more Debenhams stores will not reopen post-lockdown, after the business failed to agree deals with landlords.

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