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Inside 'ghost town' Debenhams store preparing to close for good

Debenhams have opened their doors on Prospect Street for a major closing down sale - with prices slashed by more than 70 per cent - in their final attempt at clearing stock.

The department store, which collapsed last year, are offering up to 50 per cent off beauty and fragrance and at least a further 20 per cent off fashion and homewares before officially closing their doors mid-May.

Alongside Topshop, the loss of Debenhams will leave a major gap in Hull's high street and retail scene.

The flagship store had previously stood the test of time as other department stores in the city centre closed one by one, until now.

However, the clothing, beauty and homeware retailer had been likened to that of a ghost town in recent years in line with the decline of the high street.

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It's a sad sight inside as rails full of clothing are labelled with 'sale' signs and old furniture while vacant makeup counters collect dust.

Speaking at the time of the announcement of it's closure, Doreen Humphrey, who said the store was her favourite, told Hull Live: “It’s terrible. The city will go right down when Debenhams closes although I wasn’t surprised really, not after Hammonds went."

Jenny Stevens, a lifelong Hull resident said: "I think it’s quite sad really because it’s the last department store in Hull, but I’m not shocked. The last few times I’ve been in there there’s hardly anyone in at all."

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