Unanimous Planning Approval Given for Ashford Designer Outlet Extension
Plans for a significant extension to Ashford Designer Outlet in Kent have been given the green light by Ashford Borough Council.
The extension will add around 100,000sq ft of retail space to the current 185,000sq ft area, and will create one of the UK’s flagship designer outlets. This is Ashford Designer Outlet’s first extension since the centre opened in 2000 and it will add a further 38 shops to the 80 already there. In addition, new restaurants and extra car parking space will be added, along with a new events space and children’s play area and more links to the town centre.
The new extension is designed by Chapman Taylor, who along with Applied Landscape Design, have designed a stunning green wall cladding system to reflect the centre’s location in Kent, the Garden of England. The walls of many of the stores in the new extension will be living, covered in tens of thousands of plants, all stacked vertically. The stores canopies will pick up on the pavilion theme of the canopy roof in the existing part of the centre.
John Lewis Announces New Store
John Lewis has announced plans to open a new department store in Cheltenham in 2017. With a combined investment of over £30M from John Lewis, BlackRock and Cheltenham Borough Council, the proposal will see the Beechwood shopping centre in Cheltenham transformed into a John Lewis department store.
Creating up to 250 jobs and offering more than 115,000sq ft of selling space across two floors, the shop will showcase fashion, home and consumer electronics concepts in a contemporary setting.
Tim Harrison, Director of Store Development at John Lewis said: “Cheltenham has long been a sought-after location for us and we’re delighted to be able to expand our reach to customers across the region for the first time. This new shop will provide more convenient access to our inspiring products and great service, and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community.” In addition to this, John Lewis has also recently opened a £35M shop in the heart of Birmingham.
Boux Avenue Opens Global Flagship
Boux Avenue has opened the doors to a flagship store on Oxford Street, it is the most central London store for Boux Avenue and is set to be a key location in the brand’s portfolio.
The brand, owned by successful entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, has built a reputation for offering luxurious yet affordable lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and accessories, to all women in a glamorous store environment. Since its inception in April 2011, the brand has experienced exceptional growth and has already surpassed its original goal of opening 25 UK stores. By 2016, Boux Avenue will have 28 stores in the UK and significant expansion overseas.
Commenting on the opening, Theo Paphitis said: “I feel very proud that we are in a position to be able to bring Boux Avenue to one of the most prestigious high streets in the world. Taking our place in the fashion capital on Oxford Street will amplify our position in the market, as well as further cement our status as the ultimate lingerie destination.”
Joules Brings Best of British to Centre:MK
British-born international lifestyle brand Joules has opened a 4,578sq ft store within Centre:mk’s premium quarter on Sunset Walk, Milton Keynes.
Established in Market Harborough in 1989, Joules is a unique and stylish lifestyle brand known for its carefully designed, high-quality products characterised by print and colour. Joules has 99 stores across the UK alongside a growing international presence and features a full range of womenswear, menswear, little joule and baby joule childrenswear, eyewear and home and outdoor products.
Tom Joule, Founder of Joules, commented: “We were looking for a stand-out location within the Milton Keynes area and Centre:mk offered the perfect environment for our brand.”
White Rose Shopping Centre Signs Six New Brands
White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds’ leading out-of-town shopping centre, owned by Land Securities, has signed six diverse brands over the last three months, Tessuti, Yours Clothing, Pizza Express, Smiggle, EE and Schuh have all taken space.
All of the stores will be open in time for Christmas and the new lettings total more than 20,000sq ft of retail and leisure space, and reinforce the huge demand for space from brands in the continually strong-performing shopping centre.
Tessuti, owned by JD Sports Fashion, combines top menswear and sports brands offerings with both premium and mid-market labels such as Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Adidas at its 3,900sq ft unit, with a further 1,607sq ft mezzanine. Meanwhile Smiggle, the popular stationery store, will take 1,000sq ft for its second store in Yorkshire, continuing its UK expansion by targeting the top shopping locations in Britain.
Yours Clothing, the women’s fashion trader, has opened a 1,999sq ft store along with 647sq ft of mezzanine space. Pizza Express will join the shopping centre’s recently remodelled foodcourt, The Balcony in a 2,285sq ft unit. Finally, Schuh and EE have both relocated to take larger units at the shopping centre following exceptional trading in their existing stores. Schuh has signed a lease on a 4,832sq ft unit with a 1,614sq ft mezzanine, whilst EE has introduced their new flagship concept in 1,665sq ft of space with a 707sq ft mezzanine.
This latest batch of signings, announced after the receipt of outline planning approval for the centre’s 65,000sq ft leisure extension, illustrates the consistently strong demand for retail space in White Rose Shopping Centre.