BOURNEMOUTH'S branch of Debenhams is not one of those currently earmarked for closure, it was revealed this morning.

The company has named 22 locations which will be shut in 2020. Some 1,200 jobs will be put at risk.

However, the department store chain said further closures would also be confirmed in due course, with the final number depending on future trading performance.

Of its 166 stores, Debenhams will retain 39 at current rents. Rent reductions ranging from 25 per cent to 50 per cent will be sought on more than 100 others.

Terry Duddy, executive chairman of Debenhams, said: “The issues facing the UK high street are very well known.

"Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future."