Debenhams stores in Scotland, including the one in Ayr, will not re-open, even for a clear-out sale, say the company.

As a result of these closures, all employees in the Scottish stores will be made redundant.

A number of employees will be retained for a short period of time to support the exit from the stores.

The total number of Debenhams employees affected is 647.

Following the announcements of the plans for easing lockdown arrangements in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Debenhams confirmed that it intends to re-open its stores there for a short period to complete its stock liquidation process as soon as government restrictions allow.

In England this is expected to be no earlier than April 12 based on the latest government guidance. However, in Scotland,

the government has stated that the reopening of non-essential

stores will not begin until April 26 at the earliest, and that this will then be on a tiered basis.

Debenhams say that because this timeline does not align with those expected in other parts of the UK and therefore with the planned wind-down of their business, their 15 stores in Scotland will now not reopen and are closed permanently.

Geoff Rowley, Joint Administrator and Partner of FRP

Advisory, said: “The Debenhams liquidation clearance continues online, and will restart in stores in England, Wales and

Northern Ireland once restrictions allow.

“ We regret that Debenhams’ Scottish stores will not be able to reopen, and would like to thank all those employees affected for their commitment to Debenhams during what I know has been an extremely unsettling time.’

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