Debenhams to anchor Wolverhampton's redeveloped Mander Centre
The retailer will trade from a newly built section of the centre in a 93,000 sq ft three level store which will connect the lower mall, upper mall and car park levels of the existing scheme. The store is scheduled to open in 2017.
Gareth Dougherty, acquisitions manager at Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to bring Debenhams and its Designers to Wolverhampton.
“Alongside robust growth in our multi-channel offering, we believe combining the refurbishment exercise with a new Debenhams department store will greatly enhance the shopping experience for the people of Wolverhampton.”
The centre’s owner, Mander Investments, said the £30 million redevelopment will also include a substantial configuration and the creation of 10 other large retail units. Further works will be carried out to reconfigure the internal circulation of the centre, including new escalators, new and relocated lifts to the car park and upgraded finishes.
The centre’s existing retailers such as BHS, Boots, New Look, HMV, Waterstones, Deichmann and The Entertainer will continue to trade as normal during the proposed works.
Mander Investments’ Steve Burgin said: “The introduction of Debenhams to Wolverhampton and the Mander Centre is the first step in the regeneration of the city centre that will encourage other major retail brands to invest in the City and allow Wolverhampton to regain its status as the retail capital of the Black Country.”
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