Queensberry has signed Cath Kidston, the quintessentially British lifestyle brand, to its impressive 80,000sq ft Tunsgate Quarter retail and restaurant development in the heart of Guildford.
The news coincides with a topping out event by Paul Sargent, chief executive and co-founder of Queensberry, Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, and James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council, marking the completion of the highest point of the roof.Sargent said: “At Queensberry, we are committed to creating thoughtful retail and leisure destinations that have a real and lasting impact on the communities in which they sit. This is very much what we are doing here in Guildford; we are creating a unique setting that will appeal to Guildford’s local and wider catchment and are enjoying strong levels of occupier interest from a raft of high calibre brands as a result. Cath Kidston is the retailer to sign and joins The Ivy Collection, Oka, Loaf, The White Company and Bobbi Brown.”
Cath Kidston has been trading in Guildford for 10 years and is moving to a new 1,770sq ft unit at Tunsgate Quarter. Its new home will showcase a wider range of the brand’s distinctive fashion, accessories, products for kids and homeware lines.
Sue Carvell, commercial director of Cath Kidston, said: “We’re excited to be opening a larger store in Guildford, reflecting the success we have seen in the town over the past 10 years. We already know how much our local customers enjoy our products and the brand new store will allow us to showcase even more of our popular products. Tunsgate Quarter will be the perfect location for us, and we can’t wait to open when the development is completed.”
When complete in Autumn 2017, the new-look Tunsgate Quarter will comprise 18 shops and eight restaurants. The scheme will have a striking new atrium at its heart with two new levels to the rear.