TK Maxx in Switch to George Henry Lee; Move Will Create 50 Jobs

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Byline: ALISTAIR HOUGHTON

A NEW occupier has been found to take over the remaining half of one of Liverpool's most famous stores.

The former George Henry Lee building, in Church Street, is being taken over by discount chain TK Maxx in a move which will create 50 jobs.

John Lewis moved out of the much-loved store in May last year for new premises in Liverpool One.

Rapid Hardware has since moved from its traditional base in Renshaw Street into the back half of the building.

Now TK Maxx will move into the front, renting basement, ground and first floors, early next year.

The new three-storey 30,000 sq ft shop, will replace the company's present store around the corner above Tesco, in Parker Street.

When Liverpool One opened, several units in Church Street, traditionally Liverpool's leading shopping parade, were left empty, leading to fears that it could become a "ghost street".

Since then, many of the stores have filled up, but the large George Henry Lee building - owned by Liverpool One developer Grosvenor - still left a big gap.

Lucy McGonigle, spokesperson for TK Maxx, said: "We are very excited to be opening up a new store in the heart of Liverpool's shopping district.

"I am sure customers will be surprised at how much we have changed. With a stylish department store feel packed with designer bargains, it is going to be hard to resist."

US brand TJ Maxx arrived in the UK in 1994 as TK Maxx and now has more than 200 stores. …