Lincoln

Future of Lincolnshire Debenhams stores in doubt under new review

Debenhams is considering closing up to 10 of its 176 stores, with its shops in Lincolnshire potentially at risk.

The department store has announced a “turnaround strategy”, aimed at boosting its appeal as a “destination” shop and improving its online offering.

A total of 11 warehouses could also be closed, including one major distribution centre which employs 220 people.

Debenhams has two stores in the Greater Lincolnshire region – one of St Mark Street in Lincoln and the other on Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe.

Details of the plans emerged as the company recorded a 6.4% drop in pre-tax profits to £87.8 million for the six months to March 4.

Chief executive Sergio Bucher said: “Our customers are changing the way they shop and we are changing too.

“Shopping with Debenhams should be effortless, reliable and fun, whichever channel our customers use.

“We will be a destination for ‘social shopping’ with mobile the unifying platform for interacting with our customers.”