Sports Direct doubles presence at Manchester Arndale
Sports Direct is to double the size of its space at Manchester Arndale after signing a new 15-year lease for a flagship store.
The new deal will see the sportswear retailer relocate from its current 29,000 square foot unit on the lower ground floor to the former BHS space which comprises five floors covering 58,500 square feet of space.
Due to open in late 2022, the shop will also incorporate a collection of other Frasers Group brands including USC, Game, Evans Cycles and Belong esports arena, all under one roof.
Sports Direct has had a presence in Manchester Arndale in 2009.
Scott Linard, portfolio director at M&G Real Estate, said: “We are therefore delighted that Sports Direct have not only chosen to commit its long-term future to the centre, but also double the size of its store. This demonstrates the confidence that major retailers have in Manchester Arndale as every year it attracts millions of visitors from across the North West and beyond thanks to its prime city centre location, excellent transport links, and its eclectic mix of leisure operators, F&B providers, and international brands.”
The centre has also recently added Paperchase to its tenant line-up, with the stationery retailer moving into a 1,000 square foot unit. The new lettings come on the back of a strong end to 2021 for Manchester Arndale after it welcomed brands such as Debenhams.com, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose, Kurt Geiger, Kick Game and Carvela.
Linard added: “Sports Direct is a key driver of footfall for the centre, as it appeals to Manchester’s love of sport and especially to the younger demographic in the city. This latest letting is set to be the start of an action-packed year for Manchester Arndale as we look forward to growing our diverse mix of tenants to ensure it remains the North West’s premier shopping destination.”