Kenji opens concept store at Liverpool ONE
Japanese inspired lifestyle brand Kenji has opened a new concept store at Liverpool ONE.
Situated at 45 South John Street, the 1,500 square foot shop is one of three new stores to be launched by the Manchester-based retailer across the North West.
The Kenji concept aims to seamlessly incorporate retail, leisure and hospitality into a mini arcade format and the Liverpool stoore features Kenji’s first-ever claw machines. The store also houses Kenji’s collection of homewares, stationery, gifts, food and accessories.
Designed by the company’s in-house team, the shop features an oversized brushed gold ceiling frame decorated with a floral display. It also has a dedicated ‘makers section’ for local creatives and small businesses to market their products on a rotating two-week schedule.
Derek Yong, head of operation at Kenji, said: “We are excited to be launching at South John Street in Liverpool ONE and be part of a vibrant community which is undeniably one of the strongest performing centres in the UK. The aim to disrupt the way retail is traditionally experienced is by curating an immersive retail space of Japanese inspired designer homeware, toys and stationery, allowing customers to explore not just the products but the story behind them, also, bringing back the excitement to shopping.”
The launch of Kenji coincides with the opening of a Hamleys toy shop at Liverpool ONE. In addition, luxury jeweller David M Robinson has recently committed to a five-year lease renewal on its store on the centre’s South John Street.
Alison Clegg, director of asset management at Grosvenor Europe, said: “More than ever before, it is important for retail be forward-thinking and experience-led. We recognised these elements in Kenji’s new concept store, and we’re pleased that Liverpool ONE is the first to host the retailer’s new immersive format. Kenji’s launch adds to the consistent growth of Liverpool ONE as a destination of choice for brands.”
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