Due to government decision for business relief, Debenhams has cautioned of the Welsh Finance minister all the outlets in Wales will be forced to shut unless another decision is taken to reverse back this decision.
According to reports, all retail, leisure and hospitality firms have been granted a rate holiday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a year. Initial decision was taken for all business outlets but then changed the threshold for those eligible means business rates will be used for grants to small businesses. Relief packages was cancelled by Wales to those businesses who has properties with a rateable value of £500,000 and above.
In a letter seen by the BBC, Debenhams organization chief ‘Mark Gifford‘ writes that this move gives sign of danger to the biggest stores in Wales in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Wrexham, and Llandudno. He expressed his concerned as, “I express my deep regrets on the decision that has been taken for the business community in Welsh which is quite different in consideration than elsewhere in the UK, this decision has provoke us to stop our trading exercise in Welsh because continue business in such conditions is impossible for us”. Until the reversal of this decision, I am not seeing any signs to reopen our stores.
According to Altus Group, a real estate services firm, for the current financial year only in Wales, Debenhams has business rates liabilities of £2.35m. Its Cardiff store marks the biggest bill which is more than £1.1m.
Meantime, it has came out with the expression that four Debenhams stores will not resume its business operations post-lockdown, after the business failed to be in the agreement with Landlords.
These stores are located in Southampton, Swindon, Kidderminster, and Borehamwood. They are in addition to seven other out-lets Debenhams already said will keep shut until the decision is reversed.
Reported by BBC-News