About Us – Xari

About Us

Introducing Xari at Aklu Plaza, Europe’s largest Asian department store.
30,000 square feet - 15 Designer Brands - All waiting for you...

Welcome to a smart new way to shop. Aklu Plaza is a brand new Asian department store that has taken over the former Debenhams in Romford, Essex. The building has been transformed into a vibrant, stylish new food and shopping destination that is set to attract shoppers from all over the world, looking for a convenient place to shop, where there is an endless choice and the highest level of customer service.

Aklu Plaza is the vision of retail king and entrepreneur Aklu Miah, who owns the Mas Bazar and Kacha Bazar food store chains throughout London. With 40 years of retail expertise behind him, he purchased the derelict Debenhams building to put Asian shopping on the map. Aklu explains: “Aklu Plaza will be the Asian Selfridges, a high-end retail and lifestyle experience where the public can buy direct from independent brands and designers all under one roof and receive the very best customer service. On our Xari fashion floor, you’ll find the biggest UK brands stocked alongside the most desirable designers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, choosing Aklu Plaza to be their British outlet. Meanwhile, on the ground floor, we’ve opened the most premium of all our grocery stores. HOME Superstore has fresh fish and seafood counters, master butchers and the wide range of international produce that people associate with our other Bazars, but we’ve also introduced more luxury products, similar to those you would find in a Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.”

Convenience and Choice

Xari Department Store provides a modern, spacious place to shop, an aspect that has become increasingly important to consumers in recent years. As Aklu says: “The Xari concept is based on providing a completely different level of customer experience. Britain has many great Asian designer stores, but they are often very crowded and not exactly designed for the exclusive level of service that customers - especially brides - truly deserve. Also, most Asian high streets are a nightmare for parking so this also affects the overall experience.”

Despite being the biggest new kid on the block, Xari is not a competitor to existing Asian brands - instead, it has become their second home, as Aklu explains: “Xari is not a fashion label - rather, it is the home of your favourite brands - and I’m very pleased to say that we have already signed up most of the biggest labels who will have their own concession stores within Xari - with many exclusive collections.”

Regenerating Romford

The Aklu Plaza building is adjacent to the popular Liberty Shopping Centre where you’ll find household names such as Marks & Spencer, Next and Primark, so you’ll be able to do your regular shopping then come across to Xari for your Asian fashion fix.

Plus there are 800 car parking spaces on-site, so you’ll never worry about the traffic jams of Southall Broadway and Green Street.

Supporting the local community and attracting new shoppers to the area is all part of Aklu’s plans to revive Romford. He explains: “The five-storey Debenhams building had been unused since the chain went into administration in 2019, leaving a gap in the heart of the high street. By regenerating it into a premium Asian food and fashion shopping destination we’re bringing a new retail offering unlike anything else, that will now set Romford apart from other shopping districts in the UK. I am thrilled that the Aklu Group is the driving force behind this new chapter for Romford.”

Providing, convenience, choice, space and exceptional service, Aklu Plaza takes the stress out of shopping; once you’ve experienced it, the idea of going elsewhere will lose its appeal.

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