Sadness and bargains as we visit the Debenhams closing sale in Derby
Since 1778, Debenhams stores have been welcoming shoppers across the UK. Now stores reopened last time to close sales as the retailer sells its remaining stock. We sent reporter Gurjeet Nanrah to Derby’s Debenhams store in Derbion Mall to see what it looks like inside.
Walking into Debenhams in Derby, it’s easy to tell that this historic street name occupying a huge retail space in the city’s shopping center won’t be around for much longer.
I entered the Derbion expecting to have to queue to enter the department store, but was happy that I was able to walk straight in.
I then wondered how much of Debenham’s remaining stock would be in store if rows of buyers weren’t waiting to enter.
I’m happy to say that the shelves and clothes racks look full and there is still plenty to choose from in a range of sizes.
A calm shopping experience has always seemed like a rarity when deals like 70% off can be found at a top store, but that’s exactly how my experience turned out.
I found, however, that my visit was a sad reminder that this way of shopping – within a department dotted with some of the best retail deals – looks set to be a thing of the past in the near future.
Signs outside the store say ‘everything must go’ and ‘close of the sale’, but the potential end of retail in this giant downtown unit can only truly be seen when you enter the store doors.
Like other non-essential retailers, Debenhams reopened on April 12 and will close permanently after a clearance sale lasting approximately five weeks.
My Tuesday April 17th visit may have come long after the first rush for in-store bargains, but the store only looked really bare when it came to the makeup and beauty stalls in the store. the upper floor.
Makeup and beauty products appear to have been particularly sought after, with items owned by many top brands already appearing to be out of print or not included in sales. It is clear that customers quickly got what they wanted.
Almost all of the items in the store appear to have been reduced rate of at least 30 percent and just in time for a wardrobe update before summer.
Summer dresses are up to 70% off and baby clothes are also heavily discounted, some under £ 10.
Another item that seems to have sold out quickly is designer handbags. The store appeared to have already emptied its stock of Radley handbags.
The concession stands for Dorothy Perkins and Oasis were also well stocked, but with discounts everywhere.
Jewelry stands also have discounts in the store, so if you have an upcoming birthday or someone special’s birthday on the horizon, you can find a fantastic gift at a discount.
The store is spacious in accordance with coronavirus measures and staff are at the entrance to avoid overcrowding.
The home section of the store is also full of great bargains. Why not save a few pounds later this year and buy some fancy Christmas cookie boxes already?
Having also been to Debenhams Nottingham since it reopened, I think I can say with certainty that the layout of the Derby is much more spacious and the offer inside the store also seems more varied and comprehensive.
On the men’s side, Levi’s, Wrangler and Ben Sherman are among the dealerships with a range of items still in stock.
A small selection of Debenhams jackets and suit pants – which are my personal favorites – are available in store, with items like coats and jackets also tagged at 70% off.
And just in time for a return to the office, there are a lot of shirts, shoes, and other men’s products that have been cut back.
Bedding and towels are also offered at 50% off, but whatever the deals on offer, it’s hard to escape the sadness that this well-established street name will soon close in an increasingly hostile environment for retailers.
Who knows what may be announced for this part of the Derbion to come later this year.
Hopefully reopening the big-box stores may mean others will avoid the same fate as Debenhams where a closing sale will be in place for around five weeks.