The London Designer Outlet Has Already Seen Over 200,000 Shoppers
It has been announced that in just its opening four days, the London Designer Outlet received over 85,000 shoppers through its doors, 21,500 of these were on the opening day on a Thursday. Since opening that number has now risen to well over 200,000 visitors.
Retailers reported great trading conditions over the opening weekend. Alongside a strong performance from the shops, the centre also saw high volume traffic for its leisure facilities. These include a nine-screen Cineworld -
the only cinema in a three-mile radius - and a variety of restaurants offering food from across the globe.
At launch, 80 per cent of the centre was leased and in total, 32 shops and restaurants were open on day one, and this is anticipated to double over the next two months with a further 27 brands scheduled to open, offering Christmas shoppers superb discounts on current-season lines.
James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer for developer, Quintain, stated: “London Designer Outlet attracted enough people over its first four days of trading to fill our neighbour, Wembley Stadium!”
Student Lock-Ins Expand Over UK
In the last three years, Land Securities has developed a nationwide promotion that now reaches more than 103,000 students and generates over £2.6M of sales for retailers.
Ten of the largest shopping centres in Land Securities’ portfolio took part in the ‘Student Lock-in’ this Autumn. The franchise created a unique shopping experience aimed specifically at the student community, with live events, music, special promotions and discounts. With the promotion now expanding across the UK, 550 retail brands were involved in the event this year, with many reporting significant sales during the event.
Suzi Arkley, Head of Consumer Marketing at Land Securities, commented on the scheme: “As well as driving sales for retailers during the event, this is a unique opportunity for those retailers to establish brand loyalty amongst this core shopper group.”
INTU Continues Signing New Brands
Leading lifestyle fashion brand Timberland will join intu Midsummer Place, known as the fashion quarter in Milton Keynes. Timberland has signed a ten-year lease on a 2,500sq ft store in East Walk.
Other new deals signed by intu include Hugo Boss, Brother 2 Brother and the uprising of Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge. Hugo Boss has signed a ten-year lease on a 3,250sq ft standalone store. Brother 2 Brother is relocating within the centre and will open a 1,700sq ft store on a ten-year lease.
Topshop/Topman has upsized into a 21,500sq ft unit on a ten-year lease. The extended store includes Miss Selfridge on the first floor. Meanwhile at intu Watford, three new retailers have signed up as Boux Avenue, Paperchase and HMV are opening or are in the process of opening new stores in the centre.
Stylish Brewing Pub to Open at Brewery Square
Brewhouse & Kitchen, a brewing pub, is to open at Brewery Square, Dorchester, bringing brewing back to the historic brewery site.
Brewhouse & Kitchen joins an ever-growing list further widening the leisure offering at the £100M scheme. Being developed by urban regeneration specialist Waterhouse and Resolution Property, it is the largest town centre regeneration in the South West. The project includes 40 shops, 12 restaurants, bars, cafes, a pub, two hotels, the Dorchester Spa, a new Odeon cinema and a 76-bed Premier Inn hotel.
Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Managing Director, Simon Bunn, commented: “Building on the success of our first brewing pub in Portsmouth, Brewhouse & Kitchen at Brewery Square will not only bring brewing back to the brewery but will provide an excellent menu and a fantastic beer garden.”
Five New Restaurants Sign up at Friars Walk in Newport
Queensberry Real Estate has announced that five restaurants have signed onto its major Friars Walk development in Newport, which is due to open in 2015. The five restaurants, Prezzo, Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquitos have collectively exchanged on over 25,000sq ft at the scheme.
The restaurants join Next, Topshop, Debenhams and Cineworld who have already committed to Friars Walk. The deals demonstrate the growing confidence in Newport, with Friars Walk being part of ambitious plans by Newport to become a centre for economic growth in South East Wales.
Queensberry Real Estate was chosen by Newport City Council to rejuvenate the city centre with a modern shopping centre that integrates in to Newport’s existing retail fabric. Friars Walk will bring more than 390,000sq ft of modern, well-configured retail and leisure space, creating more than 1,100 jobs. It will include 35 retail units, ten restaurants, 360 parking spaces and a major new bus station and interchange.
Stuart Harris, Head of Leasing at Queensberry, commented: “These five family restaurants are another great addition to our line up at Friars Walk, they all see the huge potential in a rejuvenated Newport. We have three of the remaining six restaurants under offer and deals agreed with a number of exciting fashion retailers. We are very proud to be so closely involved with the growth of Newport at such an exciting time for the city.”