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Former Romford Debenhams to become new superstore

Debenhams closed its Romford store in May 2021 

The former Debenhams building in Romford could be turned into a new superstore according to plans posted online.

A new website indicates it has been renamed to Aklu Plaza and will host a new flagship brand called Home Superstore.

It will reportedly sell a range of food and household essentials from across the world.

The superstore is going to be based on the ground floor while the first floor will feature a food court, cafe and shops selling clothing, jewellery and cosmetics.

There will be a play area for children on the second floor and the third floor will be used to host weddings, birthday parties and award events. The event halls will have a 1,500 person seating capacity. 

More than 25 job openings have been posted online. They include roles such as store manager, checkouts, driver, cleaner and security. 

“We have been striving to give our customers, quality choices and value for money over 30 years,” said chairman Aklu Miah. 

“Aklu Plaza will provide numerous choices, value and excellent services under one roof.”

Miah’s family first started their business in 1987 with Shadwell Grocers in Watney Street. 

They managed to expand by opening a few more shops and eventually he was able to open Mas Bazar in Chapman Street, Shadwell, in 2004.

Chairman Aklu Miah (Credit: Aklu Plaza)

Miah’s younger brother Hassan Miah launched Kacha Bazar, which sold fresh fruit and vegetables, three years later. 

All of this culminated in the family opening superstore Food Bazar and Kacha Bazar International in Beckton Retail park. 

They are now looking to expand even further by opening a new superstore in the heart of Romford. 

More information about the plans can be viewed online here

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