White Rose Shopping Centre, owned and managed by Land Securities, confirms that Next has chosen to invest in a major new 55,000sq ft flagship store, utilising the former BHS department store space.
Next, one of Britain’s most dominant fashion retailers, will upsize and re-locate from its existing 29,000sq ft store, taking nearly double the floor space to create a new two-floor flagship. The flagship will be at the centre of the scheme opposite Topshop, TopMan, Tessuti and adjacent to Miss Selfridge. The expanded store will allow the retailer to extend its popular collections, as well as stock merchandise from its children and homeware department which are currently not sold in the centre. The store is due to open in June 2017.
Next is investing £6 million of redesign and reconfiguration works to the flagship unit including a considerable increase in the amount of external glazing, adding a double-height exterior frontage as well as a contemporary store fit-out in line with the recent modernisations to the Next at Bluewater in Kent – also jointly owned and managed by Land Securities. Land Securities is dedicated to providing its customers and communities with the most dominant shopping centres, as reflected in the ongoing leisure extension at White Rose Shopping Centre and the centre’s high percentage of retailer investment with 33% of its stores refitting in the last three years.
Next’s decision to invest in the former BHS unit follows the current 65,000sq ft leisure expansion works at White Rose Shopping Centre, which will introduce an 11-screen Cineworld IMAX cinema and six new restaurants, including Wagamama, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and Chiquito, to the area. Both developments complement the recently refreshed F&B offer at the 737,385sq ft centre, which tripled the overall size of the eating space provided by ‘The Balcony’ – a 20,000sq ft £7m dining destination which includes multiple grab and go offers as well as six casual dining options such as Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s and Pizza Express.
Rob Jewell, portfolio director at Land Securities, stated: “This significant upsize for Next is a major signal that retailers are eager to invest and expand with us at White Rose Shopping Centre – one of the strongest performing centres in our retail portfolio. As a result, the centre’s retail offering continues to evolve, boosted by our significant leisure and entertainment extension that will open in the Summer, helping to support and underpin the demand for a full-day destination experience from our loyal customers.”