TJ Hughes store reopens in Birkenhead

Manager Richard Hodgson in the Birkenhead store
Image caption Manager Richard Hodgson has returned to the Birkenhead store

Discount department store chain TJ Hughes has reopened its Birkenhead branch, more than a year after it closed its doors.

The Liverpool-based retailer called in the administrators in June 2011 after a difficult period of trading, closing 57 outlets across the country.

This month, new owners Lewis Home Retail Ltd decided to reopen the Wirral store, creating 60 jobs.

The former manager has now returned to the Grange and Pyramids store.

Richard Hodgson, who was made redundant after almost 25 years service, said he was happy to be back.

'Weird feeling'

"I locked it up and I want to be the one who unlocks the door again," he said.

"I never thought that after one year I would be back and I'm very pleased."

The shop underwent a total revamp before it opened on Wednesday.

Mr Hodgson added: "While the re-fit is carried out the windows have been boarded up and people have been trying to peer inside to see what is coming.

"It's a weird feeling, I've been back a week or so but just putting on the suit again to take charge, feels right."

Lewis Home Retail Ltd has retained a total of eight of the original TJ Hughes shops, including the Liverpool store on London Road.

The homewares, menswear and beauty retailer was founded in the city in 1912 by Thomas Hughes.

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