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Uniqlo to Grow UK Portfolio

In a significant arrival for both parties, Uniqlo has decided to open a new store at Coal Drops Yard near Kings Cross for its latest London flagship location.

Arriving this autumn, the three-floor 12,000sq ft unit takes over the former Wolf & Badger space (that retailer has relocated to Soho), located at the southern gateway to the destination and each floor will be dedicated to a specific category (men’s, women’s and kidswear). Uniqlo will join a roster of fashion retailers such as & Other Stories, Paul Smith, Ba&sh, Beyond Retro and COS.

James Rayner, Head of Retail at King’s Cross, said: “It is no secret that we’ve been working with Uniqlo for some time to find the right opportunity in the right location. By its own definition, Uniqlo is ‘made for everyone, everywhere’ and that is an ethos which really resonates with us. Our ambition at King’s Cross is to deliver the best of the British high street and the best of the British side street all in one place – and we think this latest deal does just that.”

The opening will follow several new retail arrivals at King’s Cross this summer. East London’s Mare Street Market will open in mid-June, while Danish homewares and lifestyle retailer, Søstrene Grene recently opened its latest location. There are also new plans for the northern part of the estate, known as Parkside East and Parkside West, with around 17 new ground floor spaces to lease over the next 18-24 months.