JoJo Maman Bébé to open in Eastbourne!

The UK’s leading parent and baby retailer JoJo Maman Bébé is the latest exciting signing for The Beacon.

Fitting out has already begun for the store in the new mall of the £85 million shopping centre extension. An opening date is expected to be announced soon.

JoJo Maman Bébé is a huge success story that begun with a “kitchen-table” start-up with one woman and a sewing machine and has grown to become the leading UK parent and baby boutique brand with 90 stores and a huge in-house designed collection.

Neil Crawford, Head of Retail & Leisure Development at Legal & General, said: “We are delighted to announce that JoJo Maman Bébé will be opening in The Beacon. This is a fantastic quality brand that gives first-class customer service. It’s going to be a great addition to The Beacon and we can’t wait to see it in Eastbourne.”

JoJo offers everything needed from the first stages of pregnancy to the age of six including fashion, accessories, gifts and toys. Every store features baby change rooms, children’s play tables, VIP maternity events and a free maternity and nursing bra fitting service.

JoJo was set up 23 years ago by Laura Tenison MBE and is currently launching a chain of specialist boutique stores in the United States.

Laura Tenison said: “We are so excited to be coming to Eastbourne. There are lots of exciting developments happening in the town and we hope we can become the one-stop-shop for all new families in the area. And, of course, JoJo’s Breton inspired designs are never more at home than by the sea.”

The brand joins an impressive list of names that have already opened in the extension – H & M, Next, FatFace, Paperchase, New Look, Flying Tiger, Jack Wills, Schuh and Nando’s.

The 170,000 sq ft extension is being funded by The Beacon owners Legal & General and further signings to the Centre are expected to be announced soon.

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Nando’s has hatched in The Beacon!

Nando’s has hatched in The Beacon today as customers flocked to get a taste of the world-famous flame grilled PERI PERI chicken.

Excitement mounted as the Nando’s 34-strong team prepared to flee their nest for the first time in the new £85 million shopping centre extension in Eastbourne.
Customers used the new escalator in the Centre which now has a brand new first floor with Nando’s the first restaurant to open ahead of the arrival of eight-screen Cineworld in the summer.

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “This is a big day for Eastbourne. We have the long-awaited arrival of Nando’s on the first floor, and from there our customers can see how the completed restaurant level will appear. We are also looking forward to Cineworld opening later this year.”

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First Disabled Access Day at The Beacon

Eastbourne is holding its first Disabled Access Day at The Beacon on Saturday March 16.

The aim of the day is to encourage people with disabilities to get out and about somewhere new and enjoy new experiences at the same time.

Disabled Access Day is a national initiative that was launched in 2015, but it is the first time it has been held in Eastbourne.

There will be a variety of different displays in The Beacon, from 10am to 4pm, offering the opportunity to try adapted sports and arts and crafts, plus the chance to talk to local charities who offer support, guidance and information on a range of topics.

Health & Wellbeing organisations will be in the Centre including Support with Confidence, East Sussex Community Information Service, East Sussex Fire & Rescue and Joint Community Rehabilitation.

Visitors will be able to see what Shopmobility offers plus the chance to try a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Ian Westgate, Chair of Eastbourne Access Group, said:“Disabled Access Day is all about creating opportunities to try something new in a fun, safe and welcoming way. The range of displays gives a taste of what is available in Eastbourne.”

“The theme this year is “You and somewhere new” and we’re really thrilled to be holding this event for the first time in Eastbourne and would encourage people to come along and take part. We really want people with disabilities to be confident in going out within the community knowing they will find a warm welcome.”

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the town’s first Disabled Access Day and we really hope it raises awareness of the help that is available to anyone with a disability.”
The day is being organised by the Eastbourne Access Group with the support of Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group and The Beacon.

Other events will be taking place in the town with Barclays Bank showcasing services for people with disabilities and a Stagecoach accessible bus will be available to try out at Bankers’ Corner.

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Countdown is on for opening of Nando’s

The countdown is on for the eagerly-anticipated arrival of Nando’s in The Beacon with its world-famous flame grilled PERI PERI chicken.

There’ll be a whole lot of chicken going on when the brand-new restaurant hatches on Wednesday February 20.

Nando’s will be the first restaurant to open in the £85 million extension ahead of the arrival of eight-screen Cineworld in the summer.

Ruling the roost on the first floor of the extension, the new restaurant has created 34 new jobs and will be able to seat 94 people.

Fans are expected to flock to the new restaurant where they can pluck all their Nando’s favourites from the choice of fire-starters to ruffling a few feathers with a spice from the legendary PERI-ometer.

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “Eastbourne has been looking forward to the arrival of Nando’s since it announced it would be coming to the Centre in 2015 so now that we’re nearly there, we’re all really excited. It’s fantastic news for the extension that this will be the first restaurant to open with more announcements expected very soon!”

Greg Smith, Regional Managing Director for Nando’s, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our first ever restaurant in Eastbourne and can’t wait to open the doors to local fans in the area this February.”

Good cluck to Nando’s from everyone in its new nest at The Beacon!

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Love is in the air at Boots!

Beauty consultants in Boots have come up with the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day while aiming to raise £500 for charity at the same time.
Lipstick testing customers at the store in The Beacon are being invited to find the “perfect pout” by leaving their very own mark on a special kissing wall that will be in the beauty hall from Saturday to Tuesday (February 9 to 12).
To take part, customers are being asked to donate £1 to Macmillan Cancer. They will also be entered into a lucky dip with the chance to win a bag of goodies worth more than £50.
Nicky Bush, from Boots, said: “This is our tenth year of working with MacMillan and we’re aiming to raise £500 through the power of love, and by having a bit of fun, at this special time of year.”

L to R: Beauty consultants Demi Sanders, Hannah Hervey and Zoe Davis practise their pouts.

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Boots Beauty Hall in The Beacon is hosting a ‘Perfect Pout’ event.

From Saturday 9th – Tuesday 12th February, visit any of the Boots Beauty Hall consultants and to help you find the perfect kissing lips for Valentine’s Day.
All lipstick testing customers will also have the chance to enter our lucky dip with all donations being made to MacMillan.

Leave you’re mark on our ‘kissing wall’ and one lucky winner will also win a bag of goodies worth over £50.00!!

This is our 10th year working with MacMillan and we want to raise as much as we cab for such a deserving cause through the power of love!

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Charities’ presentation for Win A Car

Forty-eight charities took part in a special presentation to receive the money they raised from The Beacon’s annual Christmas Win A Car event.

The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge presented each charity representative with a cheque from their sale of tickets during their day in the Centre in the run up to Christmas.

The event has raised a staggering £345,500 for local charities since it was started in 2000. Winner Denise Jeffreys, from Eastbourne, was presented with a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio when her winning ticket was drawn on Christmas Eve.

Bill said: “We are very grateful to everyone who supported Win A Car in its 19th year. It is thanks to everyone that we can make a real difference to 48 local charities who benefit from the event.”

Pictured is Manager Bill Plumridge presenting the Eastbourne Sea Cadets 117 with their cheque from Win A Car.

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Spare coins from shoppers raises £2,200 for Children with Cancer Fund

Spare coins thrown into The Beacon’s wishing well over Christmas have raised £2,200 for the Children with Cancer Fund.

The wishing well was part of the festive display in the Centre and every year a different charity is chosen to benefit from the generosity of shoppers.

Children with Cancer Fund, based in Polegate, was formed in 1998 and is run by a small group of friendly staff and volunteers. The aim of the charity is to grant wishes to children up to the age of 18, and their families, who have, or have had, cancer and who primarily live in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

Wishes can be practical, medical or fun and made to individual families as well as supporting a group together by giving them quality family times.

Chris Downton, from Children with Cancer, (pictured) said: “Every penny collected from the wishing well will be spent on giving families a holiday so we are very grateful to everyone who donated their spare coins at Christmas.”

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “As always, our customers have been very generous in what they have given and their kindness is very much appreciated. Children with Cancer Fund is a fantastic local charity and does an incredible job for local families.”

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Denise buys a ticket to ride!

Local resident Denise Jeffreys is the 2018 winner of the Christmas Win A Car event at The Beacon.

The mum of three drove away with a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio after Tina Reed, Marketing & Events Manager of The View Hotel drew Denise’s ticket live on Facebook on Christmas Eve.

Since 2000 when the competition was launched, over £328,000 has been raised for local charities.

Denise said:

“I bought a ticket this year in support of Chestnut Tree, as the son of a friend goes there for respite care.

“One of my daughters is currently learning to drive, so when she passes her test she can have my old car and I’ll be driving the new one.”

One winning ticket holder also scooped a fabulous overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel and ten winners collected £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.

The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said:

“When we launched Win A Car all those years ago, I never imagined it would prove so popular and such a great event for local charities. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved.”

A total of 48 local charities benefit from the event every year by selling tickets for just £1, with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.

Bill added:

“We are very grateful to Eastbourne Motoring Centre (EMC) for providing the car at a generous discount. I should also like to thank all the volunteers from the charities that took part, giving up their time to raise funds for their good causes.”

Photo: The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge and Ollie Hodges, Director of EMC presenting the car to Denise Jeffreys

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Once, twice…… THREE times a winner for Tui

Eastbourne’s Tui store in The Beacon has won a hat trick of awards this year!

Store Manager Karen Burt has just won not only Regional Manager of the Year but also South East & Ireland Divisional Manager of the Year.

The store also scooped the prestigious ‘Shop of the Year 2018′ award. Although both awards have been won previously, it is the first time the store has won both in the same year.

The store’s newcomer, Teg Wilcox, also won Assistant Manager of the Year at her previous store in Hailsham.

Karen, who leads a ten-strong team with around 115 years’ experience in the travel Industry between them, is about to celebrate her 25th year at the Eastbourne store. She has been the manager there for the past 15 years.

For Regional Manager of the Year Karen was competing against 23 other store managers in the Gatwick East Region and against 350 managers for Divisional Manager of the Year that was announced in front of over 1000 people at the TUI’s annual conference in Turkey last month.

Karen said: “The key to the store’s success is my fantastic team and the effortless service they provide to all our loyal customers, old and new. Their experience and knowledge are second-to-none which shows by the fact that in 2018, the store has achieved its best results in 32 years.”

Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “Congratulations to Karen and her colleagues. We are very lucky to have such a great, award-winning Tui team in The Beacon.”

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Last few days to buy a ticket for Win A Car

There are just four more days to buy a ticket for this year’s Christmas Win A Car event at The Beacon.

The winning ticket for a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio will be drawn at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve by Centre Manager Bill Plumridge with the winner announced live on Facebook.

There will also be additional winners announced for an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.

Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000.

A total of 48 local charities benefit from the event every year by selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause. Pictured are volunteers from Friends of Eastbourne Hospital who were in the Centre earlier this week.

The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “There are just four days left so make sure you don’t miss out and then we will be drawing the winning ticket on Monday. It could be you!”

Charities in the Centre for the final four days are: Association of Carers (Friday); Children with Cancer Fund Polegate (Saturday); Rotary Club of Eastbourne (Sunday) and Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM (Monday).

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Eleven more days for Win A Car at The Beacon

There are just 11 more days for you to win a brand-new car for Christmas by taking part in this year’s Win A Car charity event at The Beacon.
Every day a different charity is selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.
The winning ticket for a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio will be drawn on December 24 and there will also be an additional prize of an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.
Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000. Pictured are volunteers from Families for Autism who were in the Centre earlier this week.
The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “We’ve raised more than £10,600 so far! If you haven’t already bought a ticket for Win A Car then make sure you don’t miss out. We’ll be drawing the ticket on Christmas Eve and it could be you!”
Charities in the Centre for the coming week are: Shopmobility (Friday); Sussex Police Choir (Saturday); Age Concern (Sunday); Chestnut Tree House Hospice (Monday); Friends of Eastbourne Hospital (Tuesday); JPK Project (Wednesday) and Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign (Thursday).

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Jack Wills to open on Saturday

stige brand Jack Wills has announced it will open in The Beacon on Saturday (December 8).

The store will open its doors at 9am in the new 170,000 sq ft extension of The Beacon. Opening hours will be 9am till 6pm every day except Sunday when it will open 10.30am till 4.30pm.

A first for Eastbourne, the aspirational British fashion brand, whose clothing ranges from contemporary casual to more formal wear, has been a huge success story since opening its first store in Devon in 1999.

Neil Beaman, Head of Store Development for Jack Wills, said: “We are very excited to be opening in Eastbourne in the run up to Christmas. The Beacon is the perfect location for us and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to our brand-new store.”

Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for Legal & General, said: “It’s fantastic to see this dynamic brand opening in the Centre. It’s a great fit for Eastbourne!”
Jack Wills is the latest store to open in The Beacon and joins H & M, Next, FatFace, Schuh, New Look, Paperchase and Flying Tiger.

The second phase of the extension will follow in April 2019 when Cineworld, Ask, Chiquitos, Frankie & Benny’s and local jewellers W. Bruford will open for trade. Nandos is due to open in The Beacon ahead of the cinema and other restaurants.

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Generous shoppers raise more than £12,400 for Poppy Appeal

Kind-hearted shoppers in The Beacon have raised more than £12,400 for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were in the Centre for 15 days after launching the Poppy Appeal at the end of October with a Remembrance March and salute from the combined army, RAF, Marine and Sea and Boys’ Brigade cadets.

This year, the Centre commemorated the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a series of special events including a Memorial Garden featuring 1,259 crosses to represent every person named on the Eastbourne War Memorial, who died during the conflict.

David Easton, from the Royal British Legion, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all customers of The Beacon for their amazing support this year that raised £12,400.78. Every penny raised supports our armed forces’ community past and present.”

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Santa arrives in The Beacon

Santa is visiting The Beacon every weekend until Christmas when he will be meeting children in a magical Nordic Trail.

Youngsters can take part in the trail, and see Santa, free of charge from 11am until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

During the first weekend, more than 450 children were welcomed to the trail by a Nordic helper who gave them a snow cape to wear to keep them snug on their winter journey. First stop on the trail was making their own Nordic wooden Christmas tree to take home and keep.

Then, they found a small gift that was left for them by Nordic elf Tomte in Christmas slippers in front of a cosy fireplace before they were invited to visit Santa in his own little Nordic nook.

Snowy Christmas trees, lanterns and woodland creatures are all part of the Nordic Trail next to River Island.

The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “Santa arrived in the Centre at the weekend and there was great excitement from everyone. Christmas is a magical time for children and our Nordic Trail really captures what this special time is all about.”

Don’t miss the Nordic Trail in The Beacon on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

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Don’t miss the chance to Win a Car for Christmas!

There are still just over three weeks to go until the winning ticket for this year’s Win A Car will be chosen and one lucky winner will take home a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio for Christmas.

Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000.

Every day a different charity is in the Centre selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.

As well as the car, there will be an additional prize of an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.

Volunteers from Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (pictured) were one of the charities in the Centre earlier this week.

The Beacon Centre Manager Bill Plumridge said: “There are 24 days left to buy a £1 ticket and stand a chance of winning a brand-new car, while at the same time helping one of the 48 fantastic causes that will be in the Centre every day until Christmas Eve.”

Charities in the Centre for the coming week are: Care for the Carers (Friday); Action Medical Research for Children (Saturday); British Heart Foundation (Sunday); Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards (Monday); Mayor’s Charities (Tuesday); Parkinsons UK, Eastbourne (Wednesday) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Thursday).

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The Beacon launches with the opening of five new stores

Five new stores have opened in the first phase of Eastbourne’s £85 million extension of newly rebranded shopping centre, The Beacon.

Schuh, New Look, Flying Tiger and Paperchase are now open for business in the new mall that opened on Friday.

In addition, Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion has opened a temporary shop in the extension until December 23 and Jack Wills is due to open imminently. They join other new names H & M, Next and FatFace.

The opening of the mall also marked the switchover of the former Eastbourne Arndale Centre to The Beacon with the launch of a brand-new website and the changeover of all social media channels and signage.

The second phase of the extension will follow in April 2019 when Cineworld, Ask, Chiquitos, Frankie & Benny’s and local jewellers W. Bruford will open for trade. Nandos is due to open in The Beacon ahead of the cinema and other restaurants.

Throughout Friday and Saturday promotional staff gave out branded bags and cupcakes and there was entertainment from local choir Concentus.

Andrew Rice, Fund Manager at Legal & General, said: “We are delighted to deliver this first phase of the extension, on schedule, before Christmas. We would like to thank everyone for their patience as work continues into 2019.”

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Centre Manager wins Life Time Achievement Award!

The Beacon’s very own boss, Bill Plumridge, scooped the hugely-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious annual More Radio Awards Night earlier this month (November).

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The Beacon supports first Purple Tuesday

The Beacon is supporting Purple Tuesday – the UK’s first accessible shopping day – next Tuesday (November 13)…

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