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Guildford Debenhams is "key site in town centre"

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Guildford Debenhams is "key site in town centre"

Published at 5:29pm 26th April 2019.

Councillors have said they are "disappointed" at the decision to close Debenhams in Guildford. 

In a statement, Guildford Borough Council say they consider the store a "key site in the town centre" and had ongoing discussions about the future of it with the landowner. 

It comes as it was announced on Friday (April 26) morning that the Milbrook store will shut down after Christmas. 

It is one of the 22 branches in the country earmarked for closure. 

The other site in Surrey is Walton-on-Thames. 

Full list of Debenhams stores closing.

12-hundred jobs are being put at risk across the country. 

Landlords are among creditors who have to agree to the turnaround plan that’s being put forward.

“We are disappointed that Debenhams is planning to close its Guildford store.

"We consider this to be a key site in the town centre and we’ve already had ongoing discussions about the future of this site with the landowner. We feel it has the potential for residential development and helping to open up the river.

"Guildford town centre remains a vibrant and prosperous retail centre and we will be working to ensure that the future of the Debenhams site enhances the future of Guildford.”

Guildford Borough Council, Managing Director, James Whiteman

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