Another one bites the dust.

Started by: jathbee (10872)

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

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

UK stuffed.

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 09:51

Posted by: First Mate (268)

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 10:26

Posted by: Billinge Biker (710)

Nice one Matey

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 10:30

Posted by: momac (11613) 

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

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

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

Posted by: whups (5996) 

are they selling anything off cheap ? .

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 11:58

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

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

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

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

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7173)

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

Posted by: gaffer (6700) 

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

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3633) 

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

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3633) 

Does anyone know what is going to replace the market hall when they close that down?????

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 14:38

Posted by: First Mate (268)

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 14:46

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

Seen these before. I hope it comes to fruition but no signs yet.

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 15:53

Posted by: basil brush (16507)

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 08:47

Posted by: kathpressey (5291) 

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

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

(Comment removed because it broke the rules)

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 09:39

Posted by: First Mate (268)

ah, the old medical condition of cranial rectal uppitis

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 10:15

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

(Comment removed because it broke the rules)

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 10:37

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

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

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7173)

You are a nasty piece of work

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 12:54

Posted by: retep1949 (679)

Aussie sounds like he is drunk AGAIN!

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 13:00

Posted by: basil brush (16507)

either that or his kangaroo has escaped.

Replied: 29th Apr 2021 at 13:19

Posted by: tonker (23570) 

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

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3633) 

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

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

He sounds very bitter to me, maybe he was put on a transport there.

Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 08:36

Posted by: kathpressey (5291) 

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

Posted by: ianp. (687) 

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

Posted by: riocaroni (175)

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

Posted by: basil brush (16507)

I signed the petition, further up, but disappointed that many people haven't.

Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 12:06

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

Petitions can be very useful but in this instance it's far too little too late.

Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 12:53

Posted by: jathbee (10872)

Not to mention that whole of Wigan town centre is a shambles.

Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 13:01

Posted by: PeterP (8558)

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

Posted by: Stardelta (8165)

Dunno who was first with the concept but The Rock in Bury opened in 2010

Replied: 2nd May 2021 at 17:31

Posted by: baker boy (15555)

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

Posted by: madamehmurray (6184) 

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

Posted by: scorpion (825)

Not heard anything about Wigan market closing this year. If it did where would the traders go?

Replied: 5th May 2021 at 08:15


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