Blackburn's Debenhams store set for multi-million pound refurb
ONE of Blackburn’s flagship department stores Debenhams was today about to unveil a multi-million pound refurbishment and extension.
An additional 4,000sq ft of shopping space will be created as part of a total upgrade of the premises — one of the anchor retailers in The Mall, refurbished at a cost of £66 million in 2010.
Improvements will include an enlarged store entrance, new flooring, lighting and internal finishes while the expanded retail space will total 90,000 sq ft, across three floors.
Work starts in the new year and finishes in the summer but the store will remain open.
Debenhams property director Rob Hadfield said: “We are delighted to announce that we are extending our current store by 4,000 sq ft.
“The extra trading space will allow us to expand our cosmetics, fashion accessories and menswear offering by bringing in more well-known brands to Blackburn.
“Customers will continue to enjoy designer collections at high street prices that Debenhams is famous for in an enhanced shopping environment.”
Blackburn with Darwen council’s regeneration boss Dave Harling said: “This is fantastic news.
“Debenhams is one of the biggest stores in Blackburn town centre and it’s a great sign that such a massive national chain like that has chosen to expand in Blackburn.
“This news provides another great boost for the town centre which has already seen a great deal of investment and redevelopment taking place in recent times.
“Allied to plans for the new £5m million bus station and the £30m Cathedral Quarter development which also includes a hotel, restaurants, shops, a new Clergy Court and offices, Blackburn town centre is further marking itself out as a great destination offering a truly excellent range of goods and services .”
Mall General Manager Loraine Jones said: “This is excellent news for Blackburn and for shoppers across Lancashire.
“Debenhams’ decision to upsize illustrates its continued confidence in The Mall which since its redevelopment has enabled many of its retailers to expand and attract more customers.
“The newly developed Debenhams store will offer an amazing new shopping experience and we look forward to seeing work begin soon.”