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The seven big retail names that won’t be reopening in Derby after lockdown


We’re all looking forward to the reopening of shops next Monday, but some big name retailers will not be returning.

Sadly, for customers and staff, there are several big High Street names who have not survived the pandemic and the increasing pressure on bricks and mortar retail.

The huge impact of the pandemic on the retail sector means a number of brands have gone under, leaving a devastating impact on Derby and other city and town centres across the country.

As excitement builds around the reopening of a number of stores, we’ve had a look at those we’ve sadly said goodbye to.

1: Debenhams: The largest of the stores to close, it leaves a huge hole in The Derbion shopping centre. After a long-running saga and talks of last minute deals to save the brand, online clothing giant Boohoo confirmed in January it has bought the Debenhams brand for £55 million and will relaunch the department store as an online-only operation. It meant all of the shops would close. The huge Debenhams store in the Derbion, formerly Intu Derby, has been one of the two major “anchor” stores for the site since it opened, along with Marks and Spencer.

2: Topshop: The brand confirmed in February that the high street chain was closing after online fashion retailer, Asos, sealed a takeover and three other brands from the collapse of the Arcadia retail empire for £265 million. The purchase included Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands from administrators.

3: Dorothy Perkins & Burton: It was also confirmed in February that Derby’s last remaining Dorothy Perkins and Burton store in Victoria Street would permanently close down following the demise of Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia group.

4: Hotter Shoes at the Derby Centre: Hotter Shoes on Level 1 of the city shopping centre closed down permanently, after not reopening following the first coronavirus lockdown.

The Lancashire-based footwear chain’s nearest store to Derby is now based at Dobbies Garden Centre, in Barlborough, near Chesterfield.

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5: Monsoon at the Derby Centre: Fashion chain Monsoon closed down its store at the Derby Centre in 2020. It did not reopen following the first coronavirus lockdown.The branch was named as one of 35 Monsoon shops set to close after the hit from coronavirus threw its turnaround plan off course.

6: Office at the Derbion: Footwear retailer Office shut its shop on Level 2 of the city shopping centre for good. It did not reopen following the first coronavirus lockdown.

Confirming the closure of Office and Monsoon, a spokeswoman for Intu Derby, as it was called at the time, said: “We can confirm that Monsoon and Office have decided to close their stores at Intu Derby.

“These closures were commercial decisions made by the brands and we wish all of the in-store staff well.”

7: Thorntons: The company, which has a factory in Somercotes,, issued a statement on its website last month saying it had taken the “difficult decision” to go into full consultation to start the permanent closure of shops. The company has since confirmed that its branch at the Derbion will not be reopening when Covid-19 restrictions are eased following the third lockdown.

However, a number of Thorntons franchise shops across the county, including those in Allestree, Mickleover, Allenton and Swadlincote will be continuing to trade.


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