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Council vows to support former Debenhams staff after sudden closure

Council vows to support former Debenhams staff after sudden closure

Published by Beth Pridding
10:00am 21st May 2020.

The council say they will support former Debenhams workers - after the department store announced last week it would not be re-opening in King's Lynn. 

The closure is believed to have affected 45 members of staff. 

Cllr Graham Middleton, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk cabinet member for Business Development:

"We were disappointed to hear that Debenhams have taken the decision not to re-open after lockdown.  Debenhams is a flagship store at that end of the High Street and its closing is going to leave a big hole.  

"There is much uncertainty about the future of high street retail coming out of this Covid-19 pandemic, not just in King's Lynn, but across the country.  We are already in discussions with our partners on the Vision King's Lynn board and the King's Lynn Bid to look at ways we can work together to support the recovery efforts as lockdown eases." 

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, said:

"This is devastating news for the employees of Debenhams, many of whom have worked there for a long time.  I would urge those who are now facing unemployment to get in touch to see how we can assist with council tax support or point them in the direction of other assistance."