DEBENHAMS TO START REOPENING SHOPS AFTER LOCKDOWN
Debenhams is to reopen its first stores in Northern Ireland on Monday, followed by 50 shops in England the week after.
It says three stores with street access in Belfast, Newry and Rushmere will be able to open following updated guidance from the NI Executive.
Debenhams collapsed into administration for the second time in a year in April after coronavirus ramped up the pressures facing the business.
It has struck deals with landlords to keep 120 stores open.
However, 17 stores will remain closed for good when coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted. It is still in discussions over a "handful" of others.
The future of its five main stores in Wales has been secured after it reached agreement on business rates. Debenhams threatend to close them if it did not get the same level of support enjoyed by its stores in England.
Steven Cook, managing director of Debenhams, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming customers back to our stores in the coming weeks.
"From the installation of perspex screens at till points to the roll-out of social distancing procedures and PPE, we have been working hard to ensure our colleagues and customers can work and shop with confidence.
"Our reopening plans follow the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on 120 stores, meaning that the vast majority of our stores will be reopening."
source from BBC news