SEVEN years ago almost to the day a famous name disappeared from Bradford city centre.

The impressive TJ Hughes department store in Godwin Street was something of a city centre landmark and its loss was long lamented by thousands of loyal customers.

The 117,000 sq ft store – built in the 1930s in what used to be the retail core of the city – was among the last to close when TJ Hughes collapsed into administration. More than 50 people were made redundant.

Bradford’s city centre retail offer has changed beyond recognition since 2011.

The Broadway shopping centre, which opened a couple of years ago, has revitalised the city centre but its success has seen the retail focus shift from the top of the town. Darley Street, in particular, has lost several big names.

But now TJ Hughes is returning to Bradford and its new home will be in the city’s Kirkgate Centre, not far from the original Godwin Street store.

The decision to open a new 32,000 sq ft store will give the Kirkgate Centre a massive shot-in-the-arm.

Excitement and increased footfall at a new TJ Hughes will have a beneficial knock-on effect for other retailers in Kirkgate, including Primark, New Look, F. Hinds and Poundland.

Bradford city centre is an important shop window for the district - the area with the highest concentration of attractions which makes it a key visitor destination and a key part of the local economy.

Loyal shoppers will be delighted to hear TJ Hughes is returning – and so will the the wider business community.