Debenhams has confirmed it will close its Cheltenham store at the end of February to make way for a new £30m John Lewis store in the Beechwood shopping centre, which is due to open in 2017.
The store closed from 2pm yesterday (January 5) when employees were formally informed of the news, and the store reopened at 9am this morning.
It was revealed in October last year that the new John Lewis store will take over the entire building when it opens in 2017. It will be a 15,000 sq ft full line department store set across two floors and will create 250 jobs. Other retailers in the centre include Next, Evans and Animal.
A spokeswoman for Debenhams said: “Debenhams regrets to announce the closure of its Cheltenham store at the end of February due to its current lease expiry.
”We are disappointed to close the store and hope to continue to serve our customers online at Debenhams.com or at Debenhams stores in the local area including Gloucester, Bristol and our newly refurbished Birmingham store.”