Another one bites the dust.
Debenhams closes it's doors for the last time on the 8th of May.
Another nail in the coffin for Wigan town centre.
The online shopping site, Boohoo have bought it but will not keep stores open.
A blow for the shoppers like me who prefer the shopping experience.
These sites remind me of the old fashioned catalogue shopping, never liked those either.
I prefer to examine and try goods on before I buy.
Started: 28th Apr 2021 at 09:21
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 09:51
Nice one Matey
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 10:30
I believe market hall is closing at the end of the year as well...they won't be able to fit that in the Grand Arcade.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 10:38
A sad state of affairs. Let's hope we have some kind of regeneration in the very near future.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 11:56
are they selling anything off cheap ? .
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 11:58
Why are you so negative about the UK . Australia has many problems too, it isn't the paradise that you make it out to be. Yours like most other countries, have their fair shared problems.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 12:02
Whups. I went in there last week. Most of the bargains had already gone.
I managed one or two cut price items but won't be going again.
Looks very sad indeed.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 12:06
It is mismanagement, pure and simple, brcause folk are queueing round the block to shop at Primark, and that can't be blamed on online shopping can it.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 13:10
The store was far too big, as was M and S, costing a fortune in rent, business rates and other overheads.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 14:20
Hello ( whups ) ,you are joking aren't you ??? have you ever known any tory run establishment selling things of cheap hope you are keeping well alan.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 14:37
Does anyone know what is going to replace the market hall when they close that down?????
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 14:38
Seen these before. I hope it comes to fruition but no signs yet.
Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 15:53
very sad to see Debenhams go. I too prefer to browse and feel fabrics before buying. online clothes can be very misleading
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 09:13
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 09:39
ah, the old medical condition of cranial rectal uppitis
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 10:15
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 10:37
Enoy your pretend lockdown get ready for the next wave to come over you all, , But it is GraatBritain . Fools
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 11:08
You are a nasty piece of work
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 12:54
Aussie sounds like he is drunk AGAIN!
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 13:00
either that or his kangaroo has escaped.
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 13:19
To be honest, I agree with him. And it’s not only the Australians who think that either!
Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 13:41
I used to respect you ( aussie 94 )but that comment on april 21 at 09.39 , please tell me you did not mean to say that ! G.B.
Replied: 30th Apr 2021 at 15:58
He sounds very bitter to me, maybe he was put on a transport there.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 08:36
aussie's remarks on this post about Debenhams, are very offensive and admin really need to clamp down on this. [another ruined by an idiot]
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 09:00
To try and get back to the original topic of this post:
- I regularly visited Debenham's and it was one of my favourite stores. On average, I visited Debenham's once a week. I really liked the sport section in the basement area and often purchased items there.
Also, I bought many records from the music department, both LPs and singles. I preferred the music department when it was on the ground floor and in the corner of the building - I think, that part of the building had once been the wines and spirits department. But, I am definitely unsure about the ownership and whether it belonged to Debenham's or it was only part of the building.
Some people may recall the music department being where I have just mentioned and/or recall the department being in the basement; to the left as you walked down the stairs from Debenham's side entrance.
I also found the perfume and cosmetics department on the left as you entered via the main entrance very useful, because I usually found those Christmas presents for the women of all ages in my family - also, for the nice girlfriends I have been so fortunate to have had in my life.
Additionally, I spent many enjoyable moments with family or friends in Debenham's upstairs cafe.
The last time I visited Debenham's, which was not too long ago, I found it very disappointing as it had lost much of the beauty it had once had. The quality had greatly faded and it looked poor and unclean.
Hopefully, the building is going to be kept and the new owners are going to return it to the splendour it once had.
Let us try and keep those architectural splendours of Wigan instead of letting the bulldozers destroy the historical beauty of our town.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 10:47
Unless Amazon decide to open shops I don't think there is a company big enough to take over those premises, sadly.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 11:49
I signed the petition, further up, but disappointed that many people haven't.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 12:06
Petitions can be very useful but in this instance it's far too little too late.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 12:53
Not to mention that whole of Wigan town centre is a shambles.
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 13:01
Reading in the national paper that a lot of town centres will go down the same route has Wigan and replace shop units with housing and cinemas and bowling alleys. Who came up with the idea 1st and the rest will be clones of it
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 16:35
Dunno who was first with the concept but The Rock in Bury opened in 2010
Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 17:31
wigan town centres problems.
1 too many retail shops in the town centre for its own good
2 no free car parking.
3 a bus station thats at the bottom of an hill for old folk to get in and out from..
finally a council who cant see the wood for the trees.
open up the town center to traffic .let folk park for twenty minutes free so they can nip into shops and out again quickly,restoring footfall.
back to the good old days
Replied: 3rd May 2021 at 20:09
Would rather go shopping at watertown then go online. Its 120 miles both ways to there. Five below they have a website but driving there would love to to go target and the salmonrun mall impossible dreams salvation army store. Stories we dont have here
Replied: 3rd May 2021 at 20:28
Not heard anything about Wigan market closing this year. If it did where would the traders go?
Replied: 5th May 2021 at 08:15