Remembering Debenhams over the years as Sheffield store shuts for good

From its incarnation as Pauldens, to what it is today, we remember over 50 years of Debenhams on The Moor ahead of its final closure.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 12:19 pm

Debenhams on The Moor will close its shutters for the final time tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, after over 55 years of history.

The store opened in 1965 when it was trading as Pauldens. It traded as Pauldens of Sheffield until 1973 when it was rebranded as Debenhams.

The news follows a spate of closures across Sheffield, including fellow department store John Lewis.

Debenhams on The Moor will close for the final time tomorrow, May 15, after 56 years.

Several other high street stores did not reopen when they were permitted to on April 12.

This includes Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Burton – all staples in Sheffield.

Dorothy Perkins on the Moor has also been forced to close, with the executives citing Coronavirus as a reason.

It was also announced in February that Debenhams could be demolished and 1,400 flats built on The Moor in Sheffield after the premier shopping street sold for a bargain price due to the pandemic.

Pauldens Department Store, the Moor, Sheffield, 1970 The store opened in 1965 when it was trading as Pauldens.

The store will have sales on until it closes for the final time.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “We are now heading into the final days of our closing down sale and this is the very last chance for our customers to take advantage of some incredible deals.

"With up to 80 per cent off across our remaining stores, customers are urged to shop now while stocks last.

“Over the next 10 days, Debenhams will close its doors on the high street for the final time in its 242-year history. Our sincere thanks go out to all of our colleagues and customers who have joined us on this journey. We hope to see you all one last time in stores before we say a final goodbye to the UK high street.”

The busy scene in Pauldens new store, after the opening on September 17, 1965.
Debenhams pictured in 1987, 14 years after the rebrand.
A sale at Debenhams in December 1983.
Queues outside Debenhams for the sale in December 1985.