British multinational retailer operating under a department store.

Debenhams was the United Kingdom's largest department store chain.[3] It was formed in 1778. It is a company that has opened shops across the world, first opening in London, England. Debenhams operated nearly 100 retail stores in the UK in 2005.[3] It is one of the companies on the FTSE 250 Index.[4] The 2014 Christmas advert was filmed in the Sutton, London shop in August 2014.

Debenhams PLC
Debenhams plc (2006–2019)
TypePublic limited company
LSEDEB (2006–2019)[1]
IndustryFashion Retail
PredecessorDrapery Trust Edit this on Wikidata
Founded1778 (by William Clark)
1813 (as Clark & Debenham)
SuccessorBurton Edit this on Wikidata
Headquarters10 Brock Street, London, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman)
Sergio Bucher (CEO)
ProductsFashion clothing, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, home and furniture, electricals, gifts, toys
Revenue£2,341.7 million (2016)[2]
£131.0 million (2016)[2]
£85.9 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
27,893 (2016)[2]
SubsidiariesDebenhams Ireland
Magasin du Nord

Debenhams was acquired by the online retailer Boohoo for £55m in 2021.[5][6]


  1. London Stock Exchange cancel Debenhams stock
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Debenhams plc. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rosemary Varley, Retail Product Management: Buying and Merchandising (Oxford; New York: Routledge, 2005), p. 21
  4. "FTSE 250 Constituents". London South East. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  5. "End of an era for Debenhams as final shops set to close". BBC News. 5 May 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  6. "Debenhams makes its return to the high street with beauty store in Manchester". The Independent. 4 December 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2022.