A FORMER department store in Malvern is set to return to life with new businesses setting up in the building.

Brays in Worcester Road was a town centre fixture for more than 100 years, serving Malvern from when it first opened in 1895 until it closed last year when the owner and managing director retired.

Now Faun, an independent deli and coffee shop currently based in Church Street, will expand by moving into the ex Brays building and taking up two units, before the end of this year.

Shona Kelly, co-owner of Faun with Jon White, said: “This has been an incredibly challenging first year. "The support we have received has been overwhelming and has helped to give us the confidence to take this giant leap.

“We are so excited for the next stage of our journey and we can’t wait to invite you all in to bring this beautiful space back to life.”

Richard Simmonds, director of Brays Building Limited, which owns the site, has said that in the new year other businesses will occupy the building, including a florist and bike shop.

Mr Simmonds said: “I am delighted that the vision for the cafe and delicatessen is becoming a reality and is in great hands with Faun.

“Their expansion from Church Street so soon after starting up is a real credit to them.

“The interior of their shop is extremely well designed with some memorabilia from the old Brays maintained as a reminder of its former history.”

In the new year, Solo Boutique will move in and offer ladies clothing, while Austin & Co will begin selling greetings cards and gifts from the site.

These businesses will be joined by No 39 Antiques, Heidi’s Treasure Trove independent toy shop, Petals Floristry and Homeware as well as Detour Bikes.

Mr Simmonds added: “I do hope that local people will continue to support all the local business as it will help the town continue to rejuvenate.”

Malvern’s mayor welcomed the rebirth of the the former Brays. Cllr Neil Morton said: “This is great news for the high street, with new and existing independent shops in the town.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the shops as and when we’re all allowed.”