Morleys department store announces new store in Bexleyheath

New River and the London Borough of Bexley are delighted to announce that they have secured Morleys as a new anchor department store for Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath.

Morleys, one of the UK’s leading independent department stores will take a 50,000 sq. ft. store, creating another high-quality anchor for the shopping centre, swiftly occupying the former BHS, which closed in August 2016. The new store marks a further enhancement of the town centre retail offer and importantly will create up to 100 new jobs.

With a total footfall of 9.5 million shoppers per year, the existing shopping centre already boasts an excellent line-up of national retailers, anchored by M&S, H&M, New Look, TK Maxx, Boots and Sainsbury’s.

NewRiver REIT, the long leaseholder of the shopping centre and retail park, have worked closely with the London Borough of Bexley, the freeholder, to secure this exciting new retail offer for the town, part of NewRiver and the Council’s ongoing investment in the town centre.

Founded in 1927, Morleys is one of the UK’s leading independent department stores with eight existing stores in the UK, including their first store in Brixton together with Wimbledon, Ilford, Holloway, Tooting, Upminster, Newbury and Enfield.

Spanning two floors, the new department store will trade as ‘Morleys’, retailing fashion, beauty and menswear on the ground floor, with a full home, gift and toy offering on the first floor, complemented by both a cafe and restaurant in store. The new addition will be Morleys’ ninth department store and follows on from their recent redevelopment of ‘Camp Hopson’ Department & Home store in Newbury, West Berkshire.

The new Morleys store is expected to open in April 2017 following significant investment and a comprehensive modern fit-out.

Bernard Dreesmann, Executive Chairman of Morleys said:

“We are excited about the opportunity in Bexleyheath and are confident that we can bring something new and fresh to the area”.

Nick Sewell, Director at NewRiver said:

“We acquired Broadway Shopping Centre and Broadway Square in April 2016 and have worked closely with the Council to secure a desirable new anchor store to replace the former BHS Store. We are delighted to be introducing Morleys Department Store who will bring an excellent, aspirational and high-quality retail offer for the centre and town centre, further enhancing the retail mix for our shoppers.”

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley said:

“In partnership with NewRiver, we are pleased to have swiftly secured an excellent new department store with Morleys. We have met with the management team of Morleys and are confident they will introduce a fantastic new offer to complement the already thriving town centre as part of our ongoing regeneration plans for Bexleyheath.”

Source : Bexley.gov.uk

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