Debenhams after spot in Wolverhampton

Debenhams today announced it was looking to open a new branch in Wolverhampton. The department store chain, says it is investigating possible locations in the city for a store.

The announcement comes several years after the retail giant, which already has stores in Merry Hill, Kidderminster and Birmingham signed up to open a flagship branch at a £300 million Summer Row shopping development planned for the city. But the whole project was scrapped in January 2011 after more than seven years of planning.

Developers were unable to get the funding they needed.

Debenhams, which recently revealed its best ever December performance, refused to reveal where it is looking to open a store or when it is hoping to welcome its first customers.

But spokeswoman Lizzie Singleton said: “Wolverhampton is an area of interest for Debenhams and we are investigating possible locations.”

Wolverhampton City Council regeneration chief and deputy leader Peter Bilson welcomed the news that Debenhams is looking in the area and said there could be more announcements.

The local authority has been targeting big high street names such as Debenhams and other firms like H&M, Pizza Express and Ask in a bid to get them to move into the city.

Councillor Bilson said: “If Debenhams is expressing an interest that is welcome news. It is a boost to existing traders and potential investors. We are working very closing with existing partners and developers we know have expressed an interest in the city and we are hoping to get some positive announcements soon.”

Last year the local authority launched a city centre prospectus to highlight what Wolverhampton had to offer businesses.

Comments for: "Debenhams after spot in Wolverhampton"

Beaker

Well there's plenty of empty shops in the Mander Centre they can choose from. The old TJ Hughes would be perfect. Makes a nice change to hear of a good news story for the area!!

jason

i do hope they come to wolverhampton,the council should do everything in their power to help them!

Another empty promise from WCC!! What about the summer row development??

buckshead

The council was merely responding to a statement from Debenhams. What has the Council promised?

bobwolf101

I can honestly say....where would they open a store? Bentley Bridge? There is nowhere in town I would suggest would be big enough or convenient.

Neil

Atlantis/Oceana? It's huge. It'd spread the regeneration toward the Wulfrun Centre thus slowly increasing the general appeal city centre rather than just concentrating amenities under one roof.(mander centre) You want butter all over your toast not just on one corner right?

Let's spread the centre out and get people walking around, more greenery, more pull-factors. Go WCC! Let's get this done.

purewolves

Like Beaker says where TJ Hughes is as that the shop that took over is closing down.

Matt Lee

Quite right, it's just a load of hot air at the moment and much more should be done. Shrewsbury is getting a £150M redevelopment just on the back of Debenham's arrival and will be completed in a few years. Telford and Stafford also have major redevelopment schemes in their centres and as Wolves can never compete against Merry Hill and B'ham it is in serious danger of terminal decline. If this plan comes to fruition lets hope it is a catalyst for major redevelopment of our centre.

Rosemary Finch

Debenhams would be a very welcome store for Wolverhampton. It wuld give House Of Fraser some competition.

angela

It was be great news if I Debenham's open in w-ton not every one drives a car and I feel we have enough cheap shops

Diane Price

Very well put!

kapake

Tesco. Sainsbury....Debenhams.......Don't hold your breathe.

gary ash

There is the old low cost building on snow hill for Debenhams, which is the same location as there original inquire.

this building is on 3 floors. With car parking to the rear.