Blackpool's former BHS store set to become a giant B&M

The discount retailer has closed it's Palatine building store on Bank Hey Street at the weekend advising customers it will be relocating to the larger store on Church Street.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 5:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 5:13 pm
The entrances to the store have recently been painted.
The entrances to the store have recently been painted.

There is no opening date for the store however the three entrances of the 61,000 sq ft store have recently been painted.

Michael Williams, chairman of Blackpool Business Improvement District (BID) says the news is encouraging for the town centre.

He said: "Its encouraging that B&M have maintained a store presence in the town centre. Their new unit is a key store within the town centre and it’s great to see it occupied by a high street brand retailer.

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Signs on the old store are advising the relocation plans.

"With them vacating their previous unit it will allow for the development of the Sands Venue which can only be positive for the town centre as more investment will improve that area of the town and the Promenade facing units."

The Palatine building is being redeveloped as a five star hotel and there will also be a new museum developed at the site by Blackpool council.

The former BHS closed in August 2016 after the department store chain collapsed.

The Sands Venue is being redeveloped into a five star hotel and museum.
The BHS store closed in August 2016