Popular retail chain Debenhams is set to close all of its 11 Irish stores permanently.
The stores had been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but on Thursday all of their around 1,500 staff were told their jobs are gone.
All of the department stores are set to close across the country as the business heads for liquidation.
Bosses sent out a letter to staff to say the stores will not re-open when the crisis is over.
Debenhams has four stores in Dublin, two in Cork, and more in Galway, Limerick, Newbridge, Tralee, and Waterford.
“In these unprecedented times, Debenhams is having to make exceptionally difficult decisions,” the letter read.
“Unfortunately, our Irish business has had trading challenges which were exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. In the UK, Debenhams has entered into administration in order to protect its business.
“Regrettably, due to the challenges facing Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd, it is anticipated that an application will be made to appoint a liquidator to the Irish operations.”
“As you know Debenhams has already suspended trading in the Republic of Ireland stores and we can confirm that these stores are not expected to reopen. ”
“In ordinary circumstances, communication about this process would have been done face to face, however, due to the Pandemic you are receiving this message via email, and we apologise for that,” the letter to staff ended.
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