Debenhams confirms it will re-open in Newport


Debenhams today confirmed it will re-open its Friars Walk store when Covid-19 restrictions allow.

The BID has been lobbying Welsh Government, Newport City Council and our local MSs and MPs for the last three weeks after it emerged Debenhams could close its main Welsh stores after being denied access to the business rates relief available elsewhere in the UK.

Today an agreement between the company and the council was announced, securing the immediate future of the Newport store.

The BID would like to thank the council and its leader Councillor Jane Mudd for listening to our concerns and responding quickly and decisively.

While our city centre is much more than just Debenhams, it would be much less without them,

Full details of the announcement can be read here