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H Beauty Milton Keynes: Building a Home Away from Home

I’m Tom, a Project Manager in the TSD department, having joined Harrods just over two and a half years ago. I spent my early career in New York as a consultant, before working in luxury residential in Knightsbridge, and then coming over to Harrods. As a Project Manager, I'm responsible for the development of our new openings, inside our Knightsbridge store, and further afield. 

Today, I’m here to share a little bit about our second H Beauty store in Milton Keynes; set to open in late April. The new space will be a 38,000 square foot development in the famed Centre: MK. We’ll be occupying a Ground Floor space – creating a fun and experiential retail environment, following the H Beauty brand through from our Lakeside store.

I’m pleased to share that progress is going really well, despite the ever-changing external factors. We’ve been lucky to have been able to continue building, and that the size of the site has ensured that we’re able to create a safe environment for everyone to do so. We’ve just completed the demolition phase of the site, which is both exciting and a relief. This stage can throw up a lot of unexpected discoveries, so to be able to see the blank canvas we’re working with is great.

Fitting out the space and bringing in our fixtures comes next. Then we’ll handover to our colleagues in Visual Merchandising, who’ll work their magic, and get the space ready for opening.

This is my favourite part of a project – the weeks leading up to the opening. It’s quite an intense period, but in a short amount of time, it all comes together and goes from looking like a building site to a shiny new store. There’s a real buzz in the air, and there’s a great sense of pride felt by everyone when we open, and the first customer walks in. 

That’s all from me about H Beauty MK. 
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