Construction begins on 40,000 sq ft extension to UK’s biggest outlet
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks will begin construction on the much anticipated 40,000-sq ft extension in February, marking a chapter for the UK’s largest designer outlet owned by TH Real Estate. The new phase will introduce an additional 25 new premium fashion and food and beverage brands, bringing the total number of stores at the centre to over 170.
The new phase will be the centre’s sixth expansion since the designer outlet opened in 1995, underlining the strong and continued growth of one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations, which now welcomes over eight million visitors a year.
Centre manager Kenny Murray said: “Once complete, visitors will be able to enjoy some 400,000 sq ft of premium shopping space and an even greater mix of fashion, lifestyle and restaurant brands. We’ve continued to enhance the brand mix following a strong couple of years, and this latest phase is the next step in creating an even better shopping experience for our local catchment as well as our short and long haul visitors from Europe and beyond.”
Completing in Autumn this year, the extension will deliver an extra 300 parking spaces for visitors, taking the total number to 3,200. A year-round community space will be expanded and enhanced, while a new guest welcome centre, Premium Lounge, exciting children’s play area, additional guest toilets and a ‘Changing Places’ facility will also be delivered. The introduction of a new footbridge will improve access for both guests and the 2,600 staff who work at Cheshire Oaks.
Murray added: “While it’s too early to reveal any names, we are committed to expanding the extensive retail offering. In the past two years alone we’ve introduced highly sought-after brands including Cath Kidston, Puma and Karl Lagerfeld.”