“No assumptions should be made” regarding the future of Gloucester’s Debenhams store, the city’s MP has said.
The fate of the King’s Square store is unknown after it’s closure was announced following the purchase of the nationwide company by online store Boohoo for £55million.
The sale of the brand has also meant the future of employees jobs at Debenhams are “unlikely to be saved”, Gloucester City Councillor Dawn Melvin said yesterday.
The vast building covers 230,000 square feet and is estimated to cover the same floor area as the Gloucester Quays Outlet.
The building is said to be under offer at the moment and the current owner, insurance firm Aviva, is remaining tight-lipped as to what is happening.
But Gloucester’s Convservative MP posted on social media this morning there was “huge opportunity for new life” in the city.
He said: “Plenty of speculation about the future of Debenhams building in Kings Sq #Gloucester. The Dept Store occupied only a fraction of the total space & there is a huge opportunity for new life in our city centre. An exciting plan is moving forwards.”
Gloucestershire Live approached Mr Graham to ask for further information about the future of the building.
He said: “As per my tweet I have said there are exciting plans which, if all goes well, will be confirmed in due course.
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“No assumptions should be made about there being no retail activity in the future in what is a giant building.”