THE announcement in January that Newport's flagship Debenhams store would close for good was a massive blow to the city.

Most expected the Friars Walk store would simply not re-open once lockdown was over - but now it has been announced shoppers will have one last chance to pick up some bargains before it closes its doors for good.

The announcement comes after the Welsh Government confirmed that non-essential retailers will be able to re-open from Monday, April 12 - subject to “public health conditions remaining favourable".

What does the news mean for Debenhams in Newport?

Towards the end of last year it was announced that the department store chain, Debenhams, would be closing down unless a buyer was found.

In January, it was announced that online fashion retailer Boohoo had bought the brand and website for £55 million but would not be taking on any of their shops – including Newport’s flagship store.

A spokesperson for the 242-year-old Debenhams chain has confirmed that the Newport store will open temporarily for their clearance sale.


When will the Newport Debenhams re-open?

Newport’s Debenhams, based in Friars Walk, is set to open when non-essential businesses can re-open on April 12.

This will allow the shop to complete their stock clearance, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus restrictions across Wales.

Other coronavirus restrictions, such as social distancing and face coverings, will still be implemented in all shops.

How long will Newport’s Debenhams store be open for?

The stock clearance of Debenhams in Newport is anticipated to take between four and six weeks.

Following this, the Newport branch will close permanently.