Bodgers Ilford weighing up proposals for redevelopment

PUBLISHED: 17:47 14 December 2017

Hundreds queued for the Bodgers closing down sale on Tuesday, November 14. Picture: Dharam Sahdev

Hundreds queued for the Bodgers closing down sale on Tuesday, November 14. Picture: Dharam Sahdev


Bodgers has confirmed that it is in the process of considering several proposals for the redevelopment of the historic department store in Ilford.

The much-loved shop in Station Road, will close at the end of February 2018 and has been serving the people of Redbridge and beyond, since 1959.

David Hordle, Morley Stores Group managing director, said: “Bodgers sale will continue until we close at the end of February and in the meantime we are considering several proposals regarding the redevelopment of the site.

“But the wellbeing of the staff remains our utmost priority and we are working hard to find the best possible option for each and every one of them, whether that is helping them to redeploy to another of our stores or in finding alternative employment.”

The shop is selling off all of its remaining stock before it shuts for good next year and is holding a promotional event

“The sale at Bodgers is continuing very strongly after the first week when we served over 20,000 customers and there are still many great bargains to be had,” added Mr Hordle.

“The public has continued to be very positive about the service they receive from our amazing team and have been keen to share how much they’ll miss the store.

“So much so that we’ve started Instagram and Twitter pages for customers to share their photos and memories of Bodgers at and #bodgersmemories

The department store, synonymous with Ilford, opened in 1890 by John Bodgers, originally as a drapers at 113 High Road – now home to Poundland.

The business was bought by the Morleys Stores Group in 1959, but despite doing everything they could to keep the shop going and “improve profitability” they were unable to reverse the decline in recent years.

Morleys Stores Group has nine stores in London and the South East, and a number of the Bodgers staff are expected to be transferred to other stores.

Executive chairman Bernard Dreesmann said: “This has been an exceptionally difficult decision however the continued challenging trading environment and a drift of customers in particular to Westfield has made it impossible for us to find a successful trading format.

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