Property developer Argent has appointed James Rayner as its new retail lead for King’s Cross. Rayner joins from retail and leisure property managers Capital & Regional, where he was leasing executive. His earlier roles include retail asset manager for Broadgate, London, with British Land and acquisition surveyor at Marks & Spencer.

The King’s Cross neighbourhood is the developer’s flagship project encompassing 500,000 sq ft of retail space including the Coal Drops Yard development, which has attracted stores including Cos, Fred Perry and Diesel. The new concept Diesel store at the shopping destination opened last month.  Earlier this year, Drapers revealed that Coal Drops Yard was struggling to attract shoppers.