DEBENHAMS has said it is "making contingency plans" in a bid to secure the future of the retailer, following reports it is preparing to fall into administration.

The business has stores in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Wrexham, Llandudno and Bangor.

A Debenhams spokesman said: "Like all retailers, Debenhams is making contingency plans reflecting the extraordinary current circumstances.

"Our owners and lenders remain highly supportive and whatever actions we may take will be with a view to protecting the business during the current situation.

"While our stores remain closed in line with Government guidance, and the majority of our store-facing colleagues have been furloughed, our website continues to trade and we are accepting customer orders, gift cards and returns."