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Jo Churchill on Bury St Edmunds Debenhams: 'Use it or lose it'




Jo Churchill has called on Bury St Edmunds shoppers to make the most of their retailers or risk losing them.

The town MP spoke today (Wednesday, April 17) days after Debenhams entered administration.

It has not been confirmed whether Bury's branch, a cornerstone of the arc shopping centre, will be one of 50 that the chain is set to close.

Terry Duddy, Debenhams’ chairman said: “We remain focused on protecting as many stores and jobs as possible, consistent with establishing a sustainable store portfolio, in line with our previous guidance."
Terry Duddy, Debenhams’ chairman said: “We remain focused on protecting as many stores and jobs as possible, consistent with establishing a sustainable store portfolio, in line with our previous guidance."

Mrs Churchill said: “Department stores have faced difficult trading conditions across the country and my thoughts are with staff at Debenhams during this time."

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Debenhams, which has 25,000 staff across 165 UK stores, faces an uncertain future after its board rejected a £200million buy-out offer from Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley.

The company will now look to sell its assets as a growing concern, while continuing to trade.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill
Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill

Conservative Mrs Churchill said: "Bury St Edmunds has not seen the hollowing out of its high street that other towns have faced.

"This is largely because we are a destination beyond our retail offer and because of the good work of organisations such as business improvement district.

"I would reiterate that when it comes to our high streets it is a case of use it or lose."

Read more: How you can make the most of shopping in Bury St Edmunds



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