SIX Debenhams stores – including the Weymouth branch and the flagship Oxford Street shop in London – are to close for good with the loss of 320 jobs.

Debenhams said it had also told staff at stores in Portsmouth, Staines, Harrogate and Worcester last week that they would not reopen.

The company started a liquidation process last month after failing to secure a last-minute rescue sale.

Debenhams’ administrator FRP Advisory said it was continuing to talk with potential suitors over the potential sale of all or parts of the business.

The insolvency firm said it still intended to reopen as many stores as possible to sell off stock, despite coronavirus restrictions keeping non-essential retailers shut.

The chain is continuing to sell its stock through online platforms.

Geoff Rowley, joint administrator to Debenhams and partner at FRP, said: “We continue to engage with interested parties over alternative proposals for the future of Debenhams, but inevitably the latest lockdown has had an effect on our plans for the wind-down of the business.

“We regret the impact on those colleagues affected by today’s announcement and would like to thank all those who continue to keep the business trading in very difficult circumstances.”

All Debenhams stores set to close after rescue talks collapse

Signs appeared recently at the Weymouth branch of Debenhams reading: “Customer notice – Debenhams Weymouth will not be reopening.

“We would like to thank you for your support over the last 21 years.”

Rooftop bar and tea lounge plan for Bournemouth's Debenhams

A planning application suggests it could be replaced by a branch of the Range.

It was announced last month that all branches of Debenhams were being wound down after administrators were unable to find a rescuer.

The latest announcement leaves 118 stores.