Beales department store on Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Beales is getting ready to reopen its department store on Lord Street in Southport! 

The premises, at the front of historic Wayfarers Arcade, closed in March last year as the Covid pandemic hit the UK and the first lockdown came in. 

The site had been a department store for 139 years, home to businesses including Broadbents and Boothroyds.

It is understood that Beales has been in the process of contacting former members of staff about returning to the new store when it opens. 

And signs have now appeared in the window, saying: “Beales Department Store – Your New Store Is Coming Soon.”

Beales in Southport is reopening - photo by Lee Dalton Rogers

Beales in Southport is reopening – photo by Lee Dalton Rogers

It is superb news for Southport, which suffered a double blow when both Beales department store and Debenhams department store closed in March last year. 

Southport was among 21 Beales stores to shut their doors in March 2020.

Beales currently operates a 44,000 sq ft three storey department store in Poole in Dorset.

Last year a new company, New Start 2020, bought the Beales IP address and brand, and hired Tony Brown, chief executive of the old business.

Mr Brown previously said: “We are actively looking at the success of our Poole store, which opened in August 2020, to mimic that in other towns.

“A small chain of four or five department stores is much more sustainable than 200.

“We believe there will be more opportunities for further UK store openings over the next year.”

Beales has been approached for comment but was unavailable at the time of publishing.

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  1. Suzanna Byrne 3 years ago

    Oh praise be! This is wonderful news and will help to uplift Southport’s wonderful shopping boulevard. It breaks my heart to see what has happened to Southport over the years (in Sefton) and to think that both a new demarcation of boundaries, and a re-opened Beales is going to take place makes my day and then some! Congratulations Southport my beloved once- hometown.

  2. June mccourt 3 years ago

    Think thats brilliant news i wzs a frquent cudtomer

  3. Jim Ford 3 years ago

    Good luck to them. I must say that the original decision to close the Southport store did not make sense as it is in a prime location and failed to reap the benefit of the closure of Debenhams which was much less well located.

  4. Sue Smith 3 years ago

    Brilliant Happy News. So glad.

  5. A coupe 3 years ago

    Great news was my favourite store it will help revamp Lord Street

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