New tenant on way for BHS store
THE former BHS store on Chapel Street in Southport town centre may finally have a new tenant.
Hugh Evans, of Southport BID, could not confirm the identity of the tenant, but said: “We understand that it’s a short-term let only.”
The building has been empty since BHS closed on July 23, 2016, and it had been hoped that a new tenant could be found that year.
Speaking to the Visiter in July 2016, then BID manager Andrew Sloman said: “The BID has been working with the property management agents to look at attracting investors to such a prominent unit. This forms part of an ongoing investment strategy for the town.
“It’s still early days but due the unit’s central location in a high footfall area we are hopeful it can attract the right investor. We hope to bring it back to life this year.”
However, the store has remained empty and has been regularly been the target of vandals over the last two years.
The demise of the clothing, furniture and gift chain caused a major political row as it unravelled, with some MPs calling for former BHS boss Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood.
Green bought BHS for £200m in 2000, and then sold BHS to Dominic Chappell for £1 in 2016. The chain went into administration in April last year, with a £571m pension fund deficit.
In Southport, 50 staff members lost their jobs and goods, fixtures and fittings were sold off in a frantic final week.
The BHS store in Chapel Street closed in July 2016