Two more big high-street names, River Island and Fridays, have signed to be part of The Glass Works this week and are set to open later this year.

Fashion chain River Island has announced it will open a large store in The Glass Works early this spring – located next to TK Maxx on the ground floor of the new glass-covered shopping boulevard. With more than 300 stores across the UK, Ireland and internationally, River Island is seen as a major acquisition for Barnsley town centre. It is one of the most respected and sought-after high-street brands operating today and has long been desired by Barnsley shoppers.

Frances Baker, Property Director of River Island commented: “We are delighted to be bringing a new River Island store in Barnsley, our first in the town centre. The transformation of the retail core here has been really impressive and allows us to design a modern store that delivers the best shopping experience possible for our customers. We can’t wait to open.”

Councillor Steve Houghton, the Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to announce that River Island and Fridays have agreed to open in The Glass Works. They are two hugely popular brands that will continue to grow our retail and leisure offer and provide people with even more reasons to come and enjoy our town centre, as well as creating jobs and employment for Barnsley.