Motown plans move onto UK retail scene

Motown’s new chief executive André Harrell is planning to bring the record label’s Motown Café and concept store to London.

Motown’s new chief executive André Harrell is planning to bring the record label’s Motown Café and concept store to London.

A Motown Café opened in New York last September and a second is planned for London in the next year.

The company aims to have 30 restaurants worldwide by the end of the decade, and each will incorporate a merchandising shop.

The label – that launched the careers of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson – will spread its name across a range of branded goods.

Harrell, 35, who took over last September, has also mooted the idea of a US-based theme park and says: “I intend to make Motown the black Disney.”

Motown’s parent company, PolyGram, need to recoup the 202m it spent on buying the record company in 1993.

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