Newcastle’s new BHS to open on 19 April
Newcastle’s new BHS store in Northumberland Street will open on 19 April, I can reveal.
Work on site has been going on since last summer, as BHS transforms the former Next premises into a four-storey flagship store. As reported previously, the shop is expected to include menswear in the basement, womenswear on the ground floor, lingerie on the first floor, and the BHS Café on the second floor, with stockroom space on the level above. Homeware and childrenswear will also feature, though there’s no confirmation yet that the store will include a concession for Evans – part of the same Arcadia Group as BHS – following the closure of Newcastle’s standalone Evans store, in Monument Mall, back in January.
When I walked past the BHS site on Sunday (18 March), it looked much as it did in my photo (above) from a fortnight earlier, with all the work obscured behind scaffolding. However, Arcadia’s confirmation of an April opening date suggests that the scaffolding and wrap will be coming down, as planned, before the end of March.
Once thing’s for sure, shoppers who have walked past the building site without paying much attention will certainly be in for a shock once the shiny new frontage is finally unwrapped in the coming days.