11 August 2020 16:36
Debenhams will axe 2,500 jobs across its stores and warehouses as the chain suffers in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. The job cuts will affect roles across the entire Debenhams brand - including within its distribution centres - as the chain plans more store closures. A spokesman for Debenhams said: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. Debenhams chief executive Stefaan Vansteenkiste said at the time: "In these unprecedented circumstances the appointment of the administrators will protect our business, our employees, and other important stakeholders, so that we are in a position to resume trading from our stores when Government restrictions are lifted. Struggling department store group Debenhams says it will cut 2,500 more jobs as it struggles to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
The cuts will be mainly across its UK stores and distribution centre, but it said no new shops were slated to shut. In April, Debenhams fell into administration for the second time in a year as coronavirus heaped pressure on the business. Earlier this year, it said 20 of its stores would remain permanently closed because of the impact of the pandemic. Debenhams said on Tuesday: "Such difficult decisions are being taken by many retailers right now, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to give Debenhams every chance of a viable future. "We have successfully reopened 124 stores post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations," it said.
The jobs cull marks the latest blow for the department store chain after it fell into administration for the second time in 12 months earlier this year. 1 Debenhams has confirmed it's cutting 2,500 jobs in the UK Credit: PA:Press Association The Sun understands that the redundancies affect roles across the Debenhams brand including its stores and distribution centres. It's the latest retailer to announce job cuts following the spread of Covid-19 with WH Smith, Boots and John Lewis all confirming mass redundancies. One employee, who has worked for Debenhams for 33 years and is currently on furlough, told The Sun they're worried about finding another job after being made redundant. A spokesperson for Debenhams confirmed that no new store closures are currently planned.
Other retailers that have announced job cuts include Upper Crust, DW Sport and TM Lewin. Royal Mail is also expected to cut 2,000 jobs as a result of coronavirus. EasyJet says it plans to close hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, putting 4,500 jobs at risk. Debenhams has announced plans to cut a further 2,500 jobs as the retail sector reels from the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Image: Debenhams decided in May not to re-open five UK stores after lockdown restrictions were eased Other measures included a decision in April to pull out of Ireland, with the loss of 1,200 jobs. Debenhams confirmed its latest decision meant it had cut around 6,500 jobs so far this year in total - a third of its workforce - more than 5,000 of which are in the UK. In a statement on Tuesday, Debenhams said: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. Last month it formally entered administration for the second time in a year and announced that its Irish business, with 11 stores, would permanently cease trading. The latest administration was designed to protect Debenhams from creditors at a time when stores were shuttered because of the lockdown - though Debenhams continued to trade online. High street giant Debenhams has announced it will axe 2,500 jobs across warehouses and stores as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A spokesman for Debenhams said of the planned 2,500 job cuts: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. "At the same time, the trading environment is clearly a long way from returning to normal and we have to ensure our store costs are aligned with realistic expectations. "Such difficult decisions are being taken by many retailers right now, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to give Debenhams every chance of a viable future." The announcement comes just months after the company revealed it had gone into administration for the second time this year, placing a question mark on more than 22,000 jobs.