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Based in Bournemouth, where the company began trading in 1881, Beales Department Stores started when John Elmes Beale opened a Fancy Fair and Oriental House in Old Christchurch Road selling wares that reflected the growing enthusiasm for Chinese and Japanese design.

J E Beale was succeeded by his son Bennett Beale and then by his grandson Frank, who trained at Macy's in New York. By the late 1960s the business had extended its reach to a number of towns in the south of England.

In 2018, Chief Executive Tony Brown bought 97 per cent of the shares in the store chain with the backing of a private equity group. The company then took over the Palmers chain of department stores in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft taking the store count to 23.

However by January 2020 the business revealed it was struggling and considering its future options. Administrators from KPMG were appointed shortly afterwards, after a search for a buyer proved fruitless, and ultimately all of its stores were closed by March 2020.

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Company Information
Annual Sales: £48.7M
Segments / Shopping Categories: footwear; shoes; womenswear; menswear; kidswear
Parent Company/Key Investors: Anthony Brown completed a management buyout in October 2018
UK Standalone Stores: 23
Group Companies: Beales; Palmers
Key Brands Stocked: Regatta; Tog24; Cotswold; Dare 2b; Craghoppers; Brakeburn
Contact Information
Head Office Address:
JE Beale PLC, 36 Old Christchuch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1LJ
Head Office Telephone: 01202 552022
Website:
Key Locations: Bournemouth; Suffolk; Perth; Diss; Poole; Skegness
Key Executives
Chief Executive: Tony Brown
Buying Director: Barbara King
Marketing Director: Paul Masterson (Head of Marketing & Web)
HR Director: Sue Kempton (Head of HR)
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