Debenhams has confirmed its stores in Basildon and Southend will reopen on Monday. 

The brand said the shops will reopen on April 12 for a final closing down sale.

The sale will offer up to 70 per cent off fashion and home products, and up to 50 per cent off beauty and fragrance lines.

The stores are reopening as part of Debenhams’ final stock liquidation process and will continue to trade for a limited number of weeks until the stock in the stores is fully cleared.

The stores will start to close permanently from May 2, with the stock clearance completed and final stores expected to close by May 15.

All Debenhams stores have been made Covid-secure, with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “This is the last chance for customers in England and Wales to visit their local Debenhams before sadly our stores close for good.

"We will be reopening with a fantastic range of offers and discounts across all of our customers’ favourite brands and products.

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"Stocks are limited and expected to sell out quickly so customers should visit their nearest store quickly to avoid disappointment.

"We are very grateful for the efforts of our staff who have worked so hard throughout the most difficult of circumstances to keep the business trading”.

Shops in Colchester, Chelmsford and Lakeside will also reopen on Monday. 

The brand was bought by online fashion retailer Boohoo has bought  for £55million, however, it is not set to take on its stores or workforce.

This means the historic brand’s remaining 118 stores will close for good as part of a structured winding down of the business.

Across the UK as many as 12,000 staff are set to lose their jobs due to the move.