Selling online could be another opportunity for any future owners of the business. The 240-year-old department store chain said an improved £200m offer, which was announced in the early hours of this morning, to underwrite a rights issue was not enough to persuade lenders to give it more time as it seeks new finances. Ashley – who had invested around £150m in the business – had submitted two bids in the space of a few days to buy the chain, both of which were rejected. Fashion brand L.Bennett announced it was filing for administration on March 1, 2019. “The group has undertaken a thorough review of its store estate in the context of the current and future retail environment and plans to proceed with a restructuring of the estate that, if approved, will result in a significant overall reduction in the group’s rent burden and underpin a sustainable future for the group,” read the statement. So much for Defund the Police! The move is expected to trigger store closures and job losses as … Property Week editor Liz Hamson and UKGBC chief executive Julie Hirigoyen discuss the drive to get real estate firms to commit to a net-zero-carbon target and why 2021 will be a crunch year for the climate agenda. Legal experts have said what's important now is what happens next with the process. Analysts said a deal was unlikely to happen, based on strained relations between Ashley and Debenhams' board which have gradually worsened. Debenhams - which has 166 stores and employs 25,000 people has been struggling for a number of months, with debts of £640million and three profit warnings issued last year. Scammers list private driveways and spaces of unsuspecting homeowners on website Just Park and pocket the cash, Rally car for the road: We test Toyota's new £30,000 GR Yaris that's been honed on some of the world's toughest stages and terrains, Accelerating the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2030 would 'create a £4.2bn boost to the economy and 30,000 new jobs', report claims, 'I've been awaiting £330 refund for months': Currys PC World faces barrage of complaints from frustrated customers struggling to contact it.

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It's a case of 'another one bites the dust' as the 240 year old business falls into the hands of its lenders and will surely sound warning bells to other struggling retailers. “A number of stores, such as TK Maxx, now sell lots of different brands,” he says. If Debenhams cannot be revived, the impact on town centres will not just be significant, but lasting.”, That said, De Mello argues that Debenhams is not the draw it once was.