COLCHESTER'S Debenhams store will reopen for a final closing down sale before shutting permanently, the firm has confirmed.

Debenhams' Culver Street West store will be selling off its remaining stock from Monday.

Earlier this year the brand was bought by online fashion retailer Boohoo for £55million, however, it is not set to take on its stores or workforce.

This means the historic brand’s remaining 118 stores will close for good as part of a structured winding down of the business.

Across the UK as many as 12,000 staff are set to lose their jobs due to the move.

A number of stores across the UK, including in Colchester, are reopening from Monday in order to sell the remaining stock.

The sale will include limited-bargains with up to 70 per cent off fashion and home products.

There is also 50 per cent off beauty and fragrance products.

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The stores are reopening as part of Debenhams’ final stock liquidation process and will continue to trade for a "limited number of weeks" until the stock in the stores is fully cleared.

The Debenhams stores in Chelmsford, Southend and at Lakeside will also reopen for closing down sales from Monday.

Debenhams says have been made Covid-secure, with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “This is the last chance for customers in England and Wales to visit their local Debenhams before sadly our stores close for good.

"We will be reopening with a fantastic range of offers and discounts across all of our customers’ favourite brands and products.

"Stocks are limited and expected to sell out quickly so customers should visit their nearest store quickly to avoid disappointment.

"We are very grateful for the efforts of our staff who have worked so hard throughout the most difficult of circumstances to keep the business trading”.

Stores close permanently from May 2, once stock has been cleared.

All of the firm's stores are set to be closed by May 15.