House of Fraser announced on Sunday 23 September that its store in Camberley has been saved from closure. The Camberley store, which had previously been earmarked to close under the previous owners, is among a number of House of Fraser stores at which new terms have been agreed with landlords.
Sports Direct are House of Fraser's new owners and Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is the landlord of the Camberley House of Fraser.
Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader and Karen Whelan, CEO, Surrey Heath Borough Council said:
“We are firmly committed to a department store remaining part of Camberley’s future. House of Fraser is very popular with our residents and visitors and is a key retail presence in the town.
We look forward to supporting the store and the management team. This is also great news for the Camberley House of Fraser’s staff after what must have been a time of great uncertainty. ”
Sue Mileham, Store Manager at House of Fraser in Camberley, said:
"Our staff are absolutely overjoyed! We are like a family together and we've built up great relationships over the years with our customers, who are also delighted. We've had people coming up and asking if we are going to be saved, and they are really pleased. It means so much to the town because we are the only department store."
Camberley set to inspire
Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre. SHBC’s investments have already seen the unique acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership. Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene. A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new business space.
SHBC is also currently in the process of sourcing an innovative developer partner for the London Road site. Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development.
The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.