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BHS makes a comeback in Mansfield

High Street retailer BHS has reappeared in Mansfield, despite entering administration in 2016.
High Street retailer BHS has reappeared in Mansfield, despite entering administration in 2016.

High Street retailer BHS has reappeared in Mansfield, despite entering administration in 2016.

The brand has appeared as concessions in department store chain Beales as part of a relaunch of the brand.

Tony Brown, Beales chief executive, told the Financial Times that BHS were ‘passionate about getting the brand back on the UK high street.’

Mr Brown, who was the retail director at BHS between 2001 and 2008 added the chain intend to specialise in lighting and homewares from next year.

Currently, the Mansfield Branch only sells BHS ladies clothing, with 15 of the 22 Beales stores across the country stocking different items from the BHS range.

Staff at the Mansfield BHS branch were among 8,000 employees country-wide facing 
redundancy.

There is no word currently on future plans for the BHS store in Mansfield Town Centre, which has stood empty since the firm fell into administration.

Councillor Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth, said: “The council has a dedicated regeneration team which indicates how seriously we take this issue and we have many projects on the go to support our regeneration strategy such as the redevelopment the Old Town Hall and the Leeming Street Townscape Heritage Project.

“Clearly we would like any empty building brought back into use and we have a range of grants available to assist with this aim.

"As this building is in private hands, the council can only encourage the owners to do something with it.

"Ultimately, though, it lies with the owners to take this forward.

"It is obviously in their financial interests to do so, too, as they will still be paying business rates on this property even though it is empty.”

Units 32-36b West Gate, comprising the former BHS site and neighbouring Clarks shoe store, sold for £1.86 million to an unknown buyer in July 2017, but the store is still empty.