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STRADIVARIUS MAKES WELSH DEBUT AFTER LANDING AT ST DAVID’S IN CARDIFF

The St David’s Partnership, owners of St David’s in Cardiff, one of the UK’s premier retail and leisure destinations, has announced that fashion brand Stradivarius, opened its first Welsh store at the centre. The 5,200sq ft store is situated on the Upper Grand Arcade, opposite H&M. Stradivarius was established in 1994 and has since opened its doors in over 60 countries around the globe. The St David’s store stocks fashion-forward clothing, footwear and accessories for women. Speaking on behalf of the St David’s Partnership, a joint venture between Landsec and intu, Colin Flinn, Regional Managing Director - West, commented on the opening: “The Stradivarius launch alongside the current strong fashion offering, cements St David’s as one of the leading retail locations within the UK and one which appeals to international brands wanting to expand.” Stradivarius joins a string of fashion brands that have opened at St David’s in the last 12 months, including CK Underwear, Olivier Bonas and Lovisa. This latest opening follows Kurt Geiger’s recent relocation within the centre.

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Abercrombie & Fitch will be opening its second UK location this August in Manchester. The global retailer plans to open its first prototype store in the UK at intu Trafford Centre. The new 5,554sq ft Abercrombie & Fitch space, is one of eight new prototype stores that have completed since the initial launch of the new prototype in February last year and the second international location. The new prototype, which was demonstrated improved customer engagement and productivity on a smaller footprint, was designed to encourage product trial while providing the customer with a new vision of the a&f brand.

WORK BEGINS ON NEXT’S LATEST STORE



Construction has begun on the highly anticipated new Next store at Gloucester Retail Park, a project which forms part of a wider £14M regeneration scheme by Peel Land and Property. The eye-catching glass-fronted building will be one of Next’s new-look “dual-format” stores, the first in the South West of England, and includes two mezzanine floors, covering 28,000sq ft plus a cafe. It will sell a wide range of furniture and homeware as well as clothing. “Mark Whittaker, Group Property Director at Peel Land and Property, who own and manage Peel Retail Parks said: “We’re pleased to confirm work has started on this exciting new project for Gloucester Retail Park, which is Next’s very latest design and will be a significantly high-profile building for the city, attracting more shoppers to Gloucester.” Initial work carried out at the Gloucester Retail Park site will include creating site access while maintaining the retail car park and customer experience while the work takes place.

BULLRING SIGNS UP BEAUTY RETAILER



The Bullring Estate, Birmingham’s iconic shopping destination that comprises Bullring, Grand Central and Link Street, has announced that global beauty retailer, NYX Professional Make Up, has signed for its first standalone store in the West Midlands at the iconic Bullring. The international brand will take a 1,700 sq ft ground floor unit located on the Upper Level West, adjacent to Goldsmiths and New Look. Due to open in the summer, NYX Professional Make Up will offer customers the brand’s highly popular range of professional quality make-up at accessible prices. Established in Los Angeles in 1999 and later acquired by L’Oréal in 2014, NYX Professional Make Up has amassed a strong social media following and is regularly supported by top beauty vloggers and Instagram influencers. The global brand, which is available in thousands of retailers across the world, only started its roll out of UK standalone stores last year.

DIDCOT ORCHARD CENTRE EXTENSION OPENS ITS DOORS

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Chapman Taylor was delighted to report that the first phase of the 14,000sq m Orchard Centre extension has opened at Didcot in Oxfordshire. The asset enhancing scheme extends the existing 18,500sq m shopping centre with 21 new shops anchored by an M&S Foodhall. The retail is complemented by seven new restaurants and cafes, with 325 extra car parking spaces. Well-known retail & F&B names, such as H&M, River Island, TK Maxx, Starbucks, Costa and Nando’s, will be appearing in Didcot for the first time, attracted by the strength of Didcot’s catchment area and the excellent mix of tenants that the Orchard Centre provides. The extension is part of a £50M investment by owners Hammerson, which will bring 500 new jobs to the town.

THREE BRITISH BRANDS SIGN UP FOR COAL DROPS YARD



King’s Cross has announced that three British fashion brands, each founded on principles of quality, craftsmanship and distinctive styling, will open stores at Coal Drops Yard, the large-scale new shopping quarter in King’s Cross, in October 2018. Established brands Cheaney and Universal Works will each be opening new stores in the Heatherwick Studiodesigned scheme, while Form & Thread will be moving from online-only to bricks and mortar to create their first permanent physical retail environment. Cheaney is set to open its eighth UK store at Coal Drops Yard. Founded in 1886, Cheaney is fully committed to producing the finest footwear. The new store will be uniquely designed for the location, using the scheme’s existing brick walls to create a bespoke environment for customers visiting Coal Drops Yard. Founded in 2015, Form & Thread is Chapman Taylor was delighted to report that the first phase of the 14,000sq m Orchard Centre extension has opened at Didcot in Oxfordshire. The asset enhancing scheme extends the existing 18,500sq m shopping centre with 21 new shops anchored by an M&S Foodhall. The retail is complemented by seven new restaurants and cafes, with 325 extra car parking spaces. Well-known retail & F&B names, such as H&M, River Island, TK Maxx, Starbucks, Costa and Nando’s, will be appearing in Didcot for the first time, attracted by the strength of Didcot’s catchment area and the excellent mix of tenants that the Orchard Centre provides. The extension is part of a £50M investment by owners Hammerson, which will bring 500 new jobs to the town. one of the UK’s top emerging menswear design companies, offering quality menswear essentials at a realistic and attainable price. Having run successful pop-up stores for two years, and a burgeoning online business, founders Richard Jeal and Chris Bell are set to open their first permanent physical store in Coal Drops Yard. Universal Works, the respected Nottingham-based menswear and lifestyle brand marking its tenth anniversary next year, will be opening its third store in London at Coal Drops Yard. Purveyors of contemporary, stylish and accessible menswear, Universal Works work with carefully selected and ethical partners from Portugal, India and the UK, mixing British clothing culture with a modern, more International feel to create clothing that is wearable, sustainable and affordable.