Category Archives: British Home Stores (BHS)

British Home Stores Part 3: 1960 to 2016

The last of BHS’s war-damaged stores to be rebuilt was Bristol, where a ‘temporary’ store had traded for many years. The new building opened in 1960 on a corner site and had an attractive concave frontage with a sweeping canopy … Continue reading

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British Home Stores Part 2: the 1940s and 1950s

At the end of 1939 British Home Stores (BHS) was operating 58 stores in England and Wales. Two stores were still under construction in the early war years and one of these – in Lewisham – was requisitioned and not … Continue reading

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British Home Stores Part 1: 1928-39

British Home Stores, commonly known as ‘BHS’, was registered as a private company in London in April 1928. The exact circumstances of its foundation remain mysterious, as do the personalities involved, but the intention from the outset seems to have … Continue reading

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