Al Mana, the Qatari-based business that bought the BHS brand in June, is bringing the British icon back from the grave. A message posted on bhs.co.uk this week reads, “BHS will return online soon, with a great new website and all the products you love (at prices that are just right!), along with stylish new ranges perfect for your home and wardrobe.”
No details were provided as to when the new website will officially launch, but the message also pointed out that BHS will operate under a new trading name: BHS International Ltd.
Sources recently told The Guardian that Al Mana has been seeking a partner that could operate a small number of BHS stores on the British high street, but that rumor has yet to be addressed by the investment firm.
According to LinkedIn, BHS’ former international director, David Anderson, has been appointed managing director of BHS International, while former head of tax and treasury Harry Carver is the new finance director. Dominic Chandler, who came on board as director in March 2015, will reprise his role.
BHS entered administration in April, the U.K.’s version of bankruptcy protection, and announced plans in June to close all 163 locations after administrators Duff & Phelps failed to find a buyer for the brick-and-mortar business. It was the country’s biggest retail casualty since Woolworths in 2008.