BHS is back – store announces ‘The lights will be back on soon’

Back in 2016 BHS fell into administration . The chain had 160 shops and employed 11,000 of staff across the country.

And now it’s coming back.

Four new concessions at Beales department store have been announced, with up to 15 planned, in a deal that could see the 90-year-old brand return for good.

"The lights will be back on soon" the BHS website now proudly announces.

“They are passionate about getting the brand back on to the UK high street, and so am I,” said Beales chief executive Tony Brown told the FT .

“It’s an ideal marriage. Different concessions — menswear, womenswear, lingerie and lighting — will be trialled in different locations. It’s to understand if the brands can still resonate with the customer.”

It’s a deal Brown will be on board with too – given the Beales chief was retail director at BHS between 2001 and 2008.

The first BHS Beales concessions could be opened within a week at branches in Mansfield, Skegness, Peterborough and Bournemouth the Sun reports.

More than just 4 locations coming

As well as the concessions within Beales, the FT reports that the BHS website is about to be re-launched, specialising in lighting, and other types of homeware could come soon.

The brand is also in discussions with other department stores to bring it to more locations.

The relaunch is possible after a move by Al Mana, a Qatari firm who bought the BHS website and its international operation back in 2016.

"The British heritage of BHS is one of quality and value, we are confidant that with this acquisition such a legacy will grow and succeed in new markets," the group said at the time.

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