Great to be back. Shoppers in Northern Ireland showed just how much the end of the lockdown meant over the May Bank Holiday weekend with over 136,000 visiting the Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon.
The large number of empty stores in the UK means more initiatives are being launched to make the most of these spaces with news of two drives to plug the gaps. The latest are from Pop-Up Club and Fassion.
Ibiza boutique Revolver has launched an own-brand collection for the first time with founders Catherine and Jean-Paul Sanchez working with British design director Cat van Baal on the trans-seasonal re:001 line.
Footfall in UK retail destinations rose a modest 0.5% last week, despite continuing poor weather. And that albeit mildly positive number was driven by a stronger showing across high streets, particularly in London.
There’s a heap of consumer cash waiting to be spent -- £40 billion to be precise. That’s the amount of lockdown savings Britons are only too willing to splurge in the post-Covid economic recovery, research has found.
Arthur Beale, one of the oldest stores in London, is to close permanently next month. The storied yacht chandler on Shaftesbury Avenue, adjacent to Covent Garden, is to shut its doors after 150 years in the location.
Pradera Lateral is the surprise choice to manage the Trafford Centre. Its appointment follows a “competitive” tender process, with little-known Pradera beating industry giant Westfield to oversee the Manchester mall.
Independent lifestyle brand Oliver Bonas is to open its first store in Essex, with the 78-store retailer securing a 1,788 square foot regional flagship at Aquila Holdings-owned and operated Bond Street mall in Chelmsford.
John Lewis unveils its revamped Edinburgh store on Friday after a major refurbishment. The focus is on making the store a must-visit destination, with experiences and expertise that can’t be replicated online.
Empty stores are an eyesore for any UK high street. So the retail industry is embracing the efforts of the Lone Design Club which is connecting hard-pressed independent designers and brands to landlords' vacant lots.
Registrations have opened for ITS 2021, a competition dedicated to young design, based in Trieste. Scheduled for October, the contest will feature a new digital prize this year. Registrations close on June 24.
Central London footfall may still be well down on pre-Covid levels, but an uptick is expected this summer with a new study suggesting consumers are keen to get back to the UK’s premier shopping district.