Goodbye, Debenhams. We will miss you from our high streets.
The popular retailer closed its remaining 28 outlets on Saturday after the company collapsed following years of slumping sales.
The enforced closure of sites during the coronavirus pandemic was the final straw, pushing the business into administration within weeks of the virus sweeping the UK.
As the curtain is drawn on more than two centuries’ of history, Twitter users have shared fond memories of the one-time shopping giant.
Here’s a glimpse at their nostalgic reflections as the nation bids Debenhams a fond farewell:
However, for some users the closures were far closer to home:
The retailer, which employed more than 20,000 people before the pandemic, sold its brand and website to online giant Boohoo for £55 million in January but confirmed its bricks and mortar business would close for good.
It reopened sites from April 12 after the return of essential retail in order to clear stock across its stores.
Here’s a list of the final stores to close on May 15:
Leeds White Rose
Despite the sadness, one thing’s for sure: Debenhams will live on in the hearts and memories of all who shopped and worked there.