Debenhams once enjoyed 178 stores across the country, including premises in Winchester, Fareham, Portsmouth and Southampton. Its Bournemouth store, part of Hampshire when Debenhams began trading, was shut in May 2021.

The departmental store has been captured in these pictures showing the latest fashions, visits from panto stars and Santa's grotto.

Debenhams’ Bournemouth shop has been a fixture in the town since 1915, when the purpose-built store opened as Bobby & Co.

Bournemouth Echo: Central Bournemouth  Square Area now Debenhams. UNKNOWN date
Bournemouth Centenary Book 2010.

The Bobby & Co stores later became part of the Debenhams group and the Bournemouth store was rebranded in 1972 during a ceremony presided over by late disc jockey Terry Wogan.

The pictures in the gallery above show Debenhams and Bobby & Co through the years.