The Canterbury store will be closing in January 2020, after signs were put up over two months ago. This follows a nationwide closure as the store goes into administration.
Though the actual date has not been confirmed yet, many residents are not happy about the news, with complaints focusing around online shopping – as residents point to the internet and blame online retailers.
Kathrine, 55, one of Debenhams regular customers says; “Online shopping is so popular nowadays with the younger people. However, I like to go to the store myself to see and feel the material before buying it. It’s a shame really”.
Another shopper agreed as she said; “It’s a big part of the high street that’s going, so it’s very sad.”
Debbie, 37, another customer has expressed how the store closing down will affect her shopping “They sell a variety of things that you can’t get anywhere else. I like it especially at Christmas because of the gifts. So, it’s going to be a bit of a shock when they close and a big loss.”
The manager at the Canterbury outlet how they feel about the store closing down. They declined to answer.
I think it’s going to be a huge loss for Canterbury.”
Many are wondering what the building will be used for after the store closes down. We contacted the Canterbury Council about the future plans for the building. They did not comment on the issue.
One shopper, David, said; “Online shopping has a lot of variety, I would say even more than in the stores itself. So, I don’t think it’s a huge loss for Canterbury. Actually, we might even get a new, better store. I’m excited to know what’s going to be there instead”.
Shirley, a resident of Canterbury, says she’s a regular customer “I live in Canterbury so I come here quite a lot, so I think it’s going to be a huge loss for Canterbury.”