Frenchgate sees raft of refits, upsizes and new deals
JD Sports is to relocate to an 8,500 square foot store which is almost three times the size of its original shop at the centre. Meanwhile, jeweller F. Hinds has recently opened a new 1,100 square foot store.
To accommodate the moves, Dorothy Perkins will be relocating to a 3,600 square foot unit on the ground floor and Miss Selfridge will be moving to the first floor as part of a proposed new fit out with TopShop.
In addition, H&M, Topshop Topman, Next, H Samuel and Quiz have announced plans to refurbish their current stores.
This follows the recent new deals and fit outs at Frenchgate for Ed’s Easy Diner, Garage Shoes and jewellery stores Pandora and Argento. In total, the 14 brands constitute over 83,000 square feet and approximately £2.75 million of investment in store fit outs.
Paul Devlin of the Frenchgate Partnership said: “These recent exciting retailer and food and beverage deals add to the impressive line-up at Frenchgate and strengthen its position in the region. 2015 saw the addition of 22 lettings and we have already added six more since the beginning of the year.
“We continue to actively manage our offer to provide local and regional consumers with the best choice possible when they visit. This is an on-going process and there will be further exciting announcements in the forthcoming months with a further five deals currently in solicitors’ hands.”
Frenchgate’s latest additions follow a total of 22 new lettings in 2015, totalling almost 65,000 square feet of space, which include a 15,800 square foot store for New Look.
Managed by Lambert Smith Hampton’s Belfast Office, Frenchgate’s now has a ranking of 36 in the Top 50 UK shopping centres, according to The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres 2016 by Trevor Woods. In November 2015, specialist retail research company CACI ranked Doncaster 48 out of 100 in a list of Hot 100 Retail Locations in the UK.
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