H&M due to move into former Beales store in King’s Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter, says report

The former Beales in Kings Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The former Beales in Kings Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Work on redeveloping a landmark retail site in King's Lynn will start this summer.

Beales closed its department store in the Vancouver Quarter, with the loss of around 40 jobs, last August.

The chain said it had taken the decision not to renew its lease when it expired.

Now a report to West Norfolk councillors says that redevelopment of the site is due to begin in August.

It says that the work is expected to take 47 weeks to cpmplete and the premises will be handed over to retailer H&M in July or August of next year.

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Today a spokesman for the Vancouver Quarter said nothing was confirmed.

He added: 'We have a meeting with contractors on June 15 and the timeline of the development will not be determined until then.'

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The property, in Broad Street, traded as an Anglia Co-operative Westgate store for almost 30 years before it became one of 19 Westgates across the region which were sold to Beales in 2011.

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