LOSING a major department store from Wrexham would “leave a big hole in Eagles Meadow”, it has been said.

The comments come after the news was announced that Debenhams could soon disappear from high streets across the nation.

JD Sports has pulled out of rescue talks for troubled department store chain Debenhams, putting 12,000 workers at risk.

It was the last remaining bidder for Debenhams which has been in administration since April.

In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said: "JD Sports Fashion, the leading retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands, confirms that discussions with the administrators of Debenhams regarding a potential acquisition of the UK business have now been terminated."

The brand – which has a store in Wrexham’s Eagles Meadow – "regretfully" decided to start its liquidation process, while continuing to seek offers.

Reacting to the news, tourism manager at Wrexham Council, Joe Bickerton, told the Leader that the closure of the town’s Debenhams store would “leave a big hole in Eagles Meadow” and “would not help unemployment”.

He added: “We’re all hoping the administrator will allow them to continue trading.”

Also voicing her concern following the retailer’s announcement, local MP Sarah Atherton said: “This a regrettable decision that will unfortunately lead to many job losses in Wrexham and raises serious concerns about the future viability of Eagles Meadow.

“These are incredibly challenging times and I will continue to work with the Welsh and UK Government to ensure that residents, businesses and our town continues to get all of the necessary support as we adapt to changing shopping habits and build back from coronavirus.”

Debenhams said it will continue to trade through its 124 UK stores – which includes Bangor, Llandudno and Chester branches – as well as online to clear its stocks.