Debenhams announces closing date for Hastings store

Department store chain Debenhams has announced when its Hastings town centre shop will close for the final time.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:45 pm

The Robertson Street shop reopened on April 12 along with the company’s other remaining 96 shops when lockdown restrictions were eased slightly.

At the time, the chain said this was for a closing down sale before the shops were permanently closed between May 2 and May 15.

The Hastings store will be closing for the final time on May 4, Debenhams has confirmed.

Debenhams in Hastings reopens on April 12 2021 for its closing down sale. SUS-211204-150142001
Debenhams in Hastings reopens on April 12 2021 for its closing down sale. SUS-211204-150142001

Following the store closures Debenhams will operate as an online-only business run by its new owner the online fashion retailer Bohoo.

In January, Debenhams confirmed its Hastings store would close once stock has been cleared following the third national lockdown.

The Debenhams building in Hastings has also been sold with plans for it to be converted into mixed use.

Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for regeneration, culture and tourism, at the time said: “Regarding the Hastings site we are aware that this been recently sold. We understand with a view to converting the site to mixed use.

“We stand ready to support the new owners where we can to ensure the success of the site going forwards. We also understand that employment will continue after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted, while the store reopens to liquidate stock and to get the store ready.”