Morleys department store set to bring 100 jobs as it replaces BHS in Bexleyheath
PUBLISHED: 13:58 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 23 March 2017
The store closed last year
The former home of BHS in Bexleyheath is set to be replaced by a high-end department store.
Morleys is bringing 100 new jobs to the town when it opens in April, 90 of which have already been filled.
The fashion, beauty and homeware department store will cover two floors after a major re-fit of the unit, and executive chairman of the store, Bernard Dreesman, is confident the store “can bring something new and fresh to the area”.
Former BHS manager in Bexleyheath, Sophie Cassat has been chosen to manage the new store at Broadway Shopping Centre
“I’m really excited to get back into retail,” said Ms Cassat.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by how welcome everyone at Morleys have made me feel.
“We already have a fantastic retail offer here in the town and it is wonderful news that this independent chain has chosen Bexleyheath to further its expansion across Greater London.
“It’s a store that I’m sure will appeal to local people who value good quality household brands and excellent customer service.
“I’m really looking forward to opening day, and seeing customers back on the shop floor. It’s great that the restaurant is being revitalised too, so families can stop and eat while they are out shopping.”
Bexley council worked together with shopping centre owner’s NewRiver to secure the new store, which is only the ninth in the country.
Some of the brands on offer at the new store are Top Shop and Top Man, Radley, Barbour, Moss Bros, Oasis, Phase Eight, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, Cath Kidston, Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Christy, Ted Baker, Tempur, Dunlopillo, Clinique, Clarins and Benefit.
Teresa O’Neill, leader of the council, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Morley’s to our fantastic Broadway Shopping Centre. The presence of such a renowned department store in the heart of our borough is real coup.
“Morley’s will enhance the great retail offer that the centre already has as well as providing vital jobs for local people – including some previous BHS employees. I look forward to them opening their doors for business.”
General manager of Broadway Shopping Centre Peter Sedge said: “We are delighted to welcome Morleys to Bexleyheath and even more delighted that Sophie will be back with us.
“It will provide even more reasons for people to visit Bexleyheath town centre.”
“We were all desperately sad to see the Bexleyheath BHS store forced to close in the summer, but this was due to the collapse of the national chain and was sadly out of our control.”
“The securing of Morleys as a new anchor tenant for Broadway Shopping Centre is testament to the ongoing investment in the area by both NewRiver, and the London Borough of Bexley who have both worked hard to make this happen.
“We’re excited to see the re-fit progress over the next few months and we are looking forward to seeing the new department store open and buzzing with shoppers.”