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First look inside new Morleys department store in the Broadway Shopping Centre

PUBLISHED: 13:51 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:51 31 March 2017

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The store will offically open on April 13

The opening of the new Morleys department store in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre, will be celebrated with a fortnight of events.

The grand opening will see 100 new staff prepare to move into the former BHS store.

It follows a major £3m investment from Morleys to refurbish the store, creating a modern shopping environment over two floors offering fashion, accessories, beauty, menswear, home wares, toys, luggage, haberdashery, and a restaurant.

A giant maze will arrive on April 8 and remain at Broadway Shopping Centre’s central mall area until Saturday April 15.

The 2.4-metre-high maze built out of live hedges will house a host of hidden prizes, which shoppers will be able to hunt for during a daily blindfold challenge.

The main prize will be £250 to spend at Morleys, with other spot prizes including a beauty hamper and children’s gifts.

On April 13, Morleys will be officially opened by the mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen at 10am, accompanied by a town crier who will announce the news throughout the day.

Inside Morleys, children visiting the toy department of the first floor will have the chance to meet a life-sized Slick the Fox character, from TY Beanie Boo Buddy range, and there will also be face painting, from April 13-15.

The Melodians Steel Orchestra will also provide musical entertainment on opening day.

The south-London based not-for profit orchestra is this year celebrating forty years since being founded in October 1987 by Terry Noel MBE.

The group has performed at festivals, embassies, Royal events and fifteen annual Christmas Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

Mr Noel said: “It’s wonderful to be playing for the community in Bexleyheath as we celebrate 40 years of the Melodians Steel Orchestra.

“We are delighted to be bringing sunshine to Bexleyheath and performing for the grand opening of the Morleys store, at Broadway Shopping Centre.”

David Hordle, managing director at Morleys Group said: “We’re so excited to open for business and become part of the local community in Bexleyheath.

“We’ve made a significant £3m investment in the store to fund a complete refurbishment. The finished result is a bright, contemporary environment which shows off our hundreds of great brands across fashion, beauty and homewares, many of which are new to Bexleyheath.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the reaction from shoppers, and we hope lots of people will join us to take part in the celebrations.”

Peter Sedge, general manager at Broadway Shopping Centre, said: “We’re really excited that Morleys will be opening its doors for the first time at Broadway Shopping Centre this Easter.

“This new flagship store is an excellent addition to the retail offer in Bexleyheath and is an event worth celebrating.

“We hope lots of our shoppers will come along to join in the family friendly fun during the Easter holiday.”

For more information about Morleys in Bexleyheath you can visit morleysbexleyheath.co.uk

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