Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Wolves FC superstar, Jody Craddock, City Mayor and local hero cut the ribbon to open brand new Debenhams Wolverhampton store

LONDON, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Former Wolves star, Jody Craddock, local resident Ann Guest and The Mayor of Wolverhampton and Councillor, Elias Masih Mattu, stepped into the spotlight today (Thursday 12thOctober) to cut the ribbon to the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store at the Mander Centre.

More than 2000 locals queued outside the store to get the first glimpse of the brand new three-storey shopping destination, which is home to a fabulous collection of fashion, beauty and home.

Ann Guest (76) was selected by the store team to officiate the opening, alongside Jody, following a call out for local residents to nominate someone who deserved a pampering makeover at the store. Guest was nominated by her friend, Christine Crazie, as a result of her ongoing work within the local Spring Valley estate.

Ann, who suffers from serious back pain, is a regular sight around the area either organising local fayres to raise money for families to go on days out or regularly visiting the homes of people that are ill or unable to go outside. She has worked tirelessly over the years to promote the interests of her neighbours and to ensure that they have their say over the services that they receive.

Jody Craddock said, “Ann is a very special lady and it was a pleasure to open the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store alongside her.

“She looked absolutely fabulous in her new outfit which was picked out as part of the makeover this morning, and I hope she enjoyed being pampered as she truly deserves it.”

The 93,000 square foot Debenhams Wolverhampton store is home to a variety of different departments, including ranges from Designers at Debenhams including Jasper Conran, John Rocha and Savannah Miller. The amazing new beauty hall means that customers can get their hands on exciting brands such as Urban Decay, Kat Von D, Estee Lauder and Buxom.

There is also the chance to sit down, relax, and grab a bite to eat with friends and family at the new Loaf & Bloom restaurant. Other highlights include a brow bar, a bra fit service, travel money and free Wifi.

Local hero, Ann Guest, said: “I had such a lovely morning, picking out new season outfits and cutting the ribbon to the store.

“I’d like to say thank you to my friend, Christine, for nominating me for the prize. I love living in Wolverhampton, it has such an amazing neighbourly spirit and I’m sure the new Debenhams will be a focal point for the community from now on.”

Alison Young, store manager for Debenhams in Wolverhampton said: “It’s fantastic to finally open our doors to the public, having been working behind the scenes for so long.

“It was amazing to see so many members of the local community outside the store this morning, and it was a pleasure to have Ann cut the ribbon alongside Jody, she looked absolutely beautiful.

“We have a team of 150 customer service superstars working across the fantastic fashion, beauty and home departments in store, and they can’t wait to meet our new customers.”

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Notes to Editors

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 260 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

The business serves over 19 million customers with over 5 million visits online per week and deliveries to 60 countries.

In the UK, Debenhams is the market leader in beauty, handbags, occasion wear and swimwear and has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and top ten share in childrenswear.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

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Debenhams announces former Wolves captain Jody Craddock to open the new Wolverhampton store on 12th October 2017

Jody Craddock of Wolverhampton Wanderers

LONDON, 2017-Sep-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams has today announced that former Wolves star and captain Jody Craddock will be opening the new Wolverhampton store, alongside a specially chosen local hero on Thursday 12th October 2017.

Craddock, who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers for ten years and was Captain when the team won the Championship to secure promotion to the Premier League in 2008, said: “I am really excited to kick off Debenhams Wolverhampton new store opening and see what fashions are in-store. Having worn shorts for over 20 years, I am looking forward to getting suited and booted for the event.”

Jody has maintained close links with Wolves since retirement and, an accomplished artist, has penned this season’s programme covers with sketches of club legends.  And he is now helping with search for a ‘local hero’ to  open the store alongside him.   Debenhams is searching for one deserving local resident to receive an exclusive styling session with a personal shopper before cutting the ribbon to open the store.

Speaking on the search, Jody Craddock, said: “We are asking friends, families and community members to nominate the everyday heroes of Wolverhampton who are deserving of recognition and reward ahead of the store opening.

“There are many ordinary people who do extraordinary things in local communities and we want to take time to give them the VIP treatment they deserve.”

The prize also includes a beauty makeover, in addition to £200 to spend on Debenhams exclusive ranges including Star by Julien Macdonald, J by Jasper Conran, No1. by Jenny Packham and Studio by Preen, and the leading beauty brands in the fantastic beauty hall.

Nominations are being accepted up to Friday 29th September and should include contact details for the nominee, a photograph, as well as the reasons for the nomination. These can then be sent via email to, or in writing to: Havas PR, 26 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AL

Alison Young, store manager for the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store, said: “The team and I can’t wait to introduce ourselves to our customers and show them the store.

“Wolverhampton has a strong community spirit, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries and hearing about all the great people that live in the area.”

Debenhams Wolverhampton has created more than 150 jobs in the local area and is part of the redevelopment programme taking place at The Mander Centre, which is set for completion in Autumn 2017.

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  • Winner must be happy to be involved in publicity and available on opening day
  • Judges discretion is final
  • No cash alternative for prize


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