Nottingham's city centre Debenhams branch opens today for the last time, as many shoppers rush for the closing down sales.

Nottingham’s Debenhams store opens today for the last time, and the closing down sale is sending it out with a bang.

Today marks the last day for 27 Debenhams stores across the UK, including Nottingham and Derby, after a monumental 242 years of the chain.

The remaining 45 stores will be permanently closed by May 15, with many shutting shop on May 8.

Nottingham’s Debenham’s has been in market square for around 100 years, and is today standing for the last time, draped in closing-down sale posters.

Lucy Colins, a student from Nottingham Trent said: “It’s been here for so long and it’s such a big statement in market square, it seems really sad, I just hope that something good replaces it”.

The store has been bustling with customers over the weekend as people swarm to grab the last of the big sales.

Donna Pritchard, 44 from Nottingham said: “My mum loves it, so she will be sad to see it go. I saw it last night on the television, on the news.

“Yeah, I’m just going to try and grab a few bargains”.

Shoppers saw an abrupt closing of the shutters at 12.30 today as many were still arriving with the hope of grabbing some last-minute deals.

The posters were ripped down, and any remains of a busy store are now gone.

Debenhams’ online shopping will be available on their website still for a period of time, and then having been bought out of administration by the Boohoo group will relaunch on their platform later in the year.

Discussion is still under way for what should replace the iconic building that dates back to 1846 and take prominent place in Market Square.