DEBENHAMS has revealed a date for the reopening of its Bournemouth store – but some staff are losing their jobs.

The department store chain went into administration in April, early in the lockdown which forced the closure of non-essential shops.

It later announced that some stores – including the longstanding branch in Southampton – would not reopen.

Debenhams’ Bournemouth store will open along with the vast majority of the chain’s English branches on Monday, June 15.

It is understood the vast majority of the jobs at the store have been saved, but that some “ancillary staff” – including restaurant workers – are being let go because of the restrictions on retailing.

Debenhams in Southampton will not reopen after lockdown

Debenhams managing director Steven Cook 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.”

Confirmed: Debenhams enters admministration

Debenhams went into what its bosses called a “light touch” administration aimed at protecting it from legal action by creditors.

It later said it had renegotiated the leases on 120 stores but some others would not reopen.

A statement then said: “In the context of a retail industry undergoing profound change, the management team is working on the future shape of the group, with a view to seeking an exit from administration as a going concern. With a leaner and more flexible operating model, Debenhams will have the ability to adapt to what are likely to be fundamental shifts in the future trading environment.”

Debenhams’ large Bournemouth store has been a big part of the town’s shopping scene since 1915, when it opened as Bobby & Co.