Both Cork city Debenhams stores to close permanently; 1,400 jobs affected across 11 Irish stores

Both Cork city Debenhams stores to close permanently; 1,400 jobs affected across 11 Irish stores

Both Debenhams stores in Cork city are set to cease trading, as the company has said it is pulling out of Ireland.

Debenhams have 11 stores in Ireland, with 1,400 employees.

Two of those stores are in Cork - one in Mahon Point Shopping Centre, and the other on Patrick’s Street in the city centre.

Staff in Ireland were issued with an email informing them of the decision this morning, which The Echo has seen.

It read: “It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that as of today the Shareholder of Debenhams Retail Ltd (DRL) is going into administration and that it will make an application for Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd (DRIL) to be placed into liquidation under the Companies Act 2014.

“It is anticipated the application will be made and a provisional Liquidator will be appointed next week.” It went on to confirm that Irish stores would not reopen.

“In ordinary circumstances communication about this process would have been done face to face, however due to the Pandemic you are receiving this message via email, and we apologies for that.” The company said earlier this week that it intends to continue trading in the UK, but say they aren’t sure if all of their UK stores will reopen.

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