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Debenhams reinstates in-store restaurant offers and signs new foodservice partners

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Debenhams now has more than 100 food offers up and running following the gradual reopening of its in-store dining facilities.

When Debenhams initially reopened 124 stores across the UK in the summer they did so without any in-store restaurant service or coffee bars due to continuing government restrictions.

But since the end of August it has been reopening a range of food offers in over half its stores, having secured agreements with new and existing partners.

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As well as its longstanding partnership with Costa Coffee, the company has also signed agreements with Donut King, Bentley’s Coffee, Street & Co, Rounton Coffee and Double Zero.

Sam Shutt, head of food and partnerships at Debenhams, said: “We know our customers like to come with their families to do their shopping and take a break for a cup of coffee and a snack. We’re delighted to be opening some new and different food offers in our stores.”

Debenhams has been encountering some significant challenges in the last few years following changes to the retail landscape.

In April it appointed FRP Advisory as administrators for the business, which led to it being put up for sale in July.

However, chairman Mark Gifford told the BBC this week that the department store retailers has more than £95m in the bank, which is £50m higher than it anticipated having at this stage when it went into administration.

“That’s really changed the whole complexion and prospects,” he commented.

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