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Nespresso Launches A New Permanent Boutique at Westfield London

Nespresso has launched its new boutique at Westfield London shopping centre in White City, as the business looks to expand its retail strategy in the UK.


The eigth boutique in the UK is located on the first floor opposite Gap. A team of highly trained Coffee Specialists guide customers through the Nespresso range of beautifully designed machines and accessories from Nespresso. They can also sample the range of 23 Grand Cru coffees at the designated tasting area where they can discover their preferred blend. Nespresso Club Members can also return their used capsules at the boutique so that they can be recycled. This is part of The Positive Cup program, Nespresso’s sustainability programme to make every cup a positive cup. The Westfield boutique will also be a pick up point for online orders, with shoppers able to pick up their orders just two hours after ordering.


The Nespresso launch was one of 15 new store openings that came at the end of a year where almost 100 new stores, expansions and upgrades took place across Westfield London.



Friars Walk Exceeds Expectations


Friars Walk, Newport’s brand new retail and leisure destination, owned by Queensberry Real Estate, broke its visitor target by ten per cent over the Bank Holiday weekend. Over 40,000 shoppers visited on Boxing Day alone, with a host of leading retail names reporting record pre- and post-festive sales figures.


Friars Walk’s restaurants, including Le Bistrot Pierre, Prezzo, Nando’s, Wagamama and GBK continued to trade well throughout the period with pre-booking still required at peak time. This has been boosted by Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport City home games at the nearby Newport Stadium, while the cinema has drawn evening trade to the city centre. As a result, many of the restaurants have been reporting trading figures 30 per cent above target.


Friars Walk currently has 25 of the stores open, six of the restaurants and the eight screen Cineworld multiplex cinema trading. The centre is anchored by H&M and next, both 20,000sq ft and a 90,000sq ft Debenhams Department Store.



Portview Fit-Out Celebrates 40 Years


Portview Fit-Out has announced the start of a year of celebrations to mark 40 years in business. The company has remained true to its roots and is still based in its Belfast home, but in 2016 the company will look very different to the one that began in 1975.


Portview today is an international award-winning enterprise whose success is reflected in consecutive record years for growth since 2010 and turnover now standing at £40M after 40 years. The 80-strong team is very much part of its community, with staff involved in a variety of charitable ventures and activities.


Undertaking projects of all sizes, including major refurbishment and roll-out contracts, Portview works with the best in the business, having strong collaborative relationships with great design and project management teams at home and abroad. As a result, its client portfolio today includes some of the world’s top brands.



Permission Secured For Shoreditch Highgate Hotel


The London Borough of Hackney has granted planning consent for Shoreditch Highgate Hotel, located at 201-207 Shoreditch High Street, East London.


The development is a 319,000sq ft commercial building that comprises a 200-room hotel, as well as 127,724sq ft of commercial space, which will include creative office space with shared amenities.


The multipurpose scheme provides additional investment in Shoreditch’s wider regeneration programme, including creating 100 construction jobs and 804 new jobs for the local area, boosting the local economy and driving forward improvements to the physical environment for the London Borough of Hackney. The project is due to break ground in the second quarter and be completed by 2018.



Major New Regional Designer Outlet Given Green Light


Cannock Chase District Council’s planning committee has unanimously resolved to grant planning approval for a designer outlet village in Cannock, paving the way for the development of a major new upmarket regional retail and leisure destination.


As the biggest development of its kind in the West Midlands and costing in excess of £110M, the phased scheme will bring in considerable inward investment into the region, providing a huge economic boost and placing the West Midlands firmly on the designer outlets map. The 26,505sq m outlet village, which received extensive local support, will provide up to 130 designer outlet stores, new restaurants, and around 2,000 car parking spaces on a site located next to the Mill Green Nature Reserve, within easy access of the M6 and M6 Toll road.


The development, which is being led by partners U+I and Rioja Developments, will attract quality designer brands that are not normally found in local town centres, and is expected to draw around three million visitors into the area each year.


Giles Membrey, Managing Director of Rioja Developments commented on the approval, saying: “We are absolutely thrilled with Cannock Council’s planning committee decision to approve our plans to develop a major designer outlet village, particularly as we know there is such a good demand for this kind of retail offer. Mill Green will become a must go-to destination that will complement other centres and attract thousands of additional visitors each year, putting the area firmly on the visitor map.”


With planning approval now granted, Phase 1 of the development could commence by the end of 2016, with an anticipated opening in 2018.





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