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Debenhams to axe store management roles

Department store chain Debenhams is planning to axe more than 300 store management jobs as part of cost cutting plans.

The retailer is cutting 320 jobs across its 176 shops in a £10m cost saving plan it announced in January. 

A spokesman said: “As we continue to deliver the Debenhams Redesigned strategy we are reviewing our retail structure. The review looks to identify how we can reduce cost and complexity in store processes so that we can focus our resources on serving customers better.

”The effect is that potentially 320 positions are at risk of redundancy – approximately 25% of store management roles. We are currently consulting with individuals affected and will seek redeployment opportunities where possible. We envisage our new structure being fully in place by the end of March.”

The move comes weeks after Arcadia confirmed a store management reshuffle at its Topshop and Topman chains which could result in hundreds of job losses.

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