NEWS - UK

Dwell Embarks on its Store Expansion Plans With Two New Openings

Dwell, the modern furniture retailer, will open two new stores in Tollcross, Glasgow and New Maiden, Surrey, marking the start of a nationwide expansion strategy for the brand and representing a 40 per cent increase in footprint for the company in the UK.


Both standalone stores will provide attractive, new destinations for shoppers in Glasgow and South West London/Surrey areas looking to refresh their home interior with exclusive yet affordable design. Reflecting the latest retail trends, the new concept stores will offer customers a more immersive shopping experience and were developed in partnership with leading retail design experts. They will feature bespoke interiors evoking contemporary apartment living, with on-trend colours reflecting the latest season’s collection, polished concrete floors and the latest in retail lighting. The new stores will also incorporate built in displays for products such as mattresses, for customers to try before they buy.


With these new openings, Dwell now has seven locations in the UK.



Huge Public Support For New Resort


Hundreds of local people have shown their support for the anticipated London Paramount Entertainment Resort after viewing the latest set of plans at public consultation events held across North Kent.


An overwhelming 83 per cent of those responding to the consultation said they approve of the illustrative masterplan, which has indoor and outdoor spaces for events, themed events, attrations, shows and parades, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs.


Traffic and transport has been a crucial element of the year-long consultation, which began in July 2014. The site has excellent public transport links and those visiting London Paramount will benefit from its proximity to Ebbsfleet International Station, local train stations and the potential for Crossrail. The transformation that the resort could have on job creation, tourism and business growth is also a major factor in the support for the project. The London Paramount Entertainment Resort could bring over 27,000 jobs to the local area.



Marquee Brands Continue to Invest


Marquee Brands has revealed the completion of its acquisition of the Ben Sherman brand and related intellectual property assets from Oxford Industries.


Ben Sherman is the second investment for Marquee Brands this year following its acquisition of Italian luxury brand Bruno Magli in February. Both brands represent a growing portfolio of relevant, storied brands with rich history and a global footprint. Established in 1963, and synonymous with British youth culture, the Ben Sherman brand and shirt has been a fixture across generations of style movements. Ben Sherman’s colours, cuts and patterns have influenced modern men’s wear by combining British style with international fashion trends.


Cory M Baker, COO of Marquee Brands stated: “Ben Sherman remains a uniquely classic British brand with a loyal following across five continents and a smartness that’s ageless. Its heritage, style and authenticity fits perfectly within Marquee’s growing portfolio.”



Chelsea FC Re-Opens Megastore at Stamford Bridge


Chelsea FC has re-opened its flagship megastore at Stamford Bridge stadium, with Schwitzke developing a branding and retail concept with flair for the Premier League champions and re-built the 900sq m fans’ shop in an eight-week period between seasons.


The implementation of the project within the extremely short period was successful thanks to the interaction of the various companies of the Schwitzke group. A better presentation of goods for increasing the turnover with stronger emotionalisation of the entire visual appearance is the backbone of the new retail concept.


Karl Schwitzke, Managing Partner of the Schwitzke group said: “The business of fan memorabilia is growing year-on-year and offers a lot of potential.”



The Lawn at Paddington Stations Set For Investment


The Lawn at the Grade I Listed Paddington station, one of London’s most historic, is to be improved following a significant investment from Network Rail to better meet the demands of a major modern railway hub. This investment will turn the café and retail area at the back of the station building, into a modern retail and dining hub for station users while respecting the heritage of a station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and built in 1854, The Lawn is so called as it was formerly the garden of the station master’s cottage which originally occupied the site.


Network Rail is now working to deliver a suitable mix of retail units at The Lawn that reflects the needs of station users, and helps to create a destination station in its own right. This is part of Network Rail’s wider strategy to provide quality environments for station users to meet, eat, shop and travel.


Stuart Kirkwood, Development Director at Network Rail commented: “We have listened to the views of passengers and understand we need to make these improvements whilst minimising disruption for the 60 million people who use Paddington station every year. “Upgrading a busy station is always a challenge but we have the expertise to ensure the station remains open for business with minimal inconvenience to passengers and station users,” he added.


Paddington station will continue to be open for business throughout redevelopment and maintaining passenger flow and safety will remain a priority. In addition, First Great Western will be carrying out work to its ticket office to provide 12 ticket counters, install new state-of-the-art ticket machines and transform its appearance using a Brunel inspired design.





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