DEBENHAMS stores in Glasgow have officially closed and will not re-open to sell off stock after lockdown. 

Bosses have announced the timescale for reopening retail in Scotland has led to the decision to permanently close all 15 stores in Scotland.

Shops in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will reopen for a short period to allow for the "stock liquidation process". 

UK government guidance will see shops in England allowed to open their doors from April 12 at the earliest. 

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However, retail in Scotland is not expected to open until April 26 with the return of tiered coronavirus restrictions. 

All 647 Scottish Debenhams employees have now been made redundant.

A statement added: "In Scotland, the government has stated that the reopening of non-essential stores will not begin until April 26 at the earliest, and that this will then be on a tiered basis.

"Because this timeline does not align with those expected in other parts of the UK and therefore with the planned wind-down of the Debenhams business, regrettably our 15 stores in Scotland will now not reopen and are closed permanently.

"As a result of these closures, all employees in our Scottish stores will be made redundant.

"A number of employees will be retained for a short period of time to support an orderly exit from the stores.

"The total number of Debenhams employees affected is 647."