DEBENHAMS has confirmed that its Redditch department store will close for good next week.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre store reopened for a clearance sale earlier this month following the national lockdown.

The department store will now close for a final time on Saturday, May 8.

Shoppers will be able to find huge discounts, including up to 80 per cent off fashion and home products, from April 28.

The store has been made Covid-secure, with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “Our stock is flying off the shelves and it’s no surprise with such great bargains available. Time is running out for shoppers to take advantage of the incredible discounts being offered."

Debenhams was founded in London in the 18th century, and grew from a single store to more than 170 locations at the company’s peak.

However in recent years the decline of high street shopping made Debenhams large prime-location retail stores less and less viable.

The company entered administration in April 2019 and again a year later, and was finally bought out by Boohoo in January 2021 after entering liquidation. The online fashion retailer purchased the Debenhams brand and website for £55m, meaning all existing stores will close, with around 12,000 jobs at risk.