DEBENHAMS is preparing to reopen the vast majority of its UK stores beginning next week.

A further 50 stores will reopen in England on June 15, with the rest to follow later in the week.

Preparations for reopening are well under way, with strict social distancing and hygiene procedures being implemented across all stores in adherence with the latest Government guidance and instruction. Stores in Scotland and Wales will reopen once government restrictions allow.

The list of stores reopening on June 15 are as follows: Barrow Bath Bedford Blackburn Blackpool Bournemouth Bristol Bromley Bury Bury St Edmunds Cambridge Chelmsford Chester Chesterfield Colchester Hanley Harrogate Harrow Hastings Hemel Hereford Ilford Ipswich Leeds Lichfield Lincoln Liverpool Luton Mansfield Meadowhall Northampton Norwich Oxford Portsmouth Redditch Scarborough Scunthorpe Sheffield Staines Stevenage Stockport Taunton Torquay Wakefield Westwood Cross Weymouth Winchester Worcester Worthing York Monks Cross Steven Cook, Managing Director, Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming customers back to our stores in the coming weeks.

"From the installation of perspex screens at till points to the roll-out of social distancing procedures and PPE, we have been working hard to ensure our colleagues and customers can work and shop with confidence.

"Our reopening plans follow the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on 120 stores, meaning that the vast majority of our stores will be reopening.”