Statement on Debenhams, Welwyn Garden City

Statement from Rob Bridge, Chief Executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, on the announcement from Debenhams.

Debenhams

Rob Bridge, Chief Executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

We are sad to hear the disappointing news from Debenhams today.

Officers would be happy to meet with their team to offer support to work alongside plans they will be putting in place to help employees living locally affected by the closure.

We're committed to ensuring Welwyn Garden City thrives, and continues to be an attractive and vibrant environment for residents, shoppers and businesses.

We hope the regeneration plans on the horizon - including a £6.2m investment from Homes England - will help attract other major retailers to this prominent space, as well as creating exciting opportunities for new shops and businesses in the heart of the town centre.