After Arcadia went into administration last month it meant the only potential buyer of Debenhams, namely JD Sports, pulled out thus condemning the nationwide department store to collapse.

“This is another hammer blow to workers and suppliers,” said Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit, “with invoices unpaid, wages void and pension schemes in doubt it means the economy is being given a body blow. We need the Government to create a strategy to revitalise the high street with rescue and transition packages, plus cuts to rents and business rates. Sadly they seem more interested in the tier system and Covid-19 related matters.”

Department store’s end

You might think 2020 couldn’t get any worse for business but on December 1, Debenhams have had the rug pulled from underneath them as JD Sports pulled out of a rescue deal following the end of Arcadia who have concessions in the department store.

The company had already cut about 6,500 jobs since May, and now has 12,000 workers but it now looks likely the stores will be liquidated with only a slight possibility that some stores or the name could be bought out by rivals.

Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit said the 242-year-old retailer has already left thousands of suppliers unpaid following administration in April. He said suppliers included printers, sign-makers, designers, clothing manufacturers and landlords will be left with nothing.

Long list of the big names 

The Centre for Retail Research in the UK have listed the following British owned retailers who have fallen into administration, or have been liquidated (this is a list of big names – thousands of smaller retailers have also gone bust): Arcadia, the fashion giant with subsidiaries Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Evans; Peacocks and Jaeger; Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Ponden Mill; J Crew;  Celine Group Holdings, the parent company of Debenhams; M&Co; D W Sports; Feather & Black; Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Chester; Oliver Sweeney Trading; Muji,   Cardinal;  Soletrader; Peter Jones; Norville Group; Benson Beds; Harveys Furniture; T M Lewin; Bertram Books; Intu Properties, Go Outdoors; Lee Longlands; Poundstretcher; Oak Furnitureland, Le Pain Quotidien; Monsoon Accessorize; Quiz; Aldo; DVF Studio; Antler; Dawson’s Music; J Crew; L K Bennet; Oasis and Warehouse; Debenhams; Spicers; Simply Scuba; Kath Kidston; Autonomy Clothing;  Lombok; Brighthouse; Laura Ashley; Kikki.K;  Soak; Bonmarché; T J Hughes Outlet;; Ashbury Furniture; Ena Shaw; Oddbins; Hearing and Mobility; Hawkins; Houseology; Welch and Bill Dobbie; Beales.

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