Network Rail confirms King's Cross line-up
Published: 07 February, 2012
Retailers and caterers confirmed for new retail concourse at London's King's Cross station
Network Rail has today confirmed that the doors to the striking new concourse at King's Cross station will open on 19 March, providing more space, better facilities and an improved range of shopping and food and drink outlets.
The stand-out feature of the redevelopment is a new concourse which will accommodate 27,000sq ft of retail space. The lower level will accommodate retail shops while casual dining will be located on the upper level.
The high street brands which will be opening in the new concourse - some of which will be appearing in a British station for the first time – are Accessorize, American Apparel, Boots, Hotel Chocolat, ICE, Kiehl’s, Oliver Bonas, Paperchase, T M Lewin, W H Smith and Watermark.
And catering units have been taken by Benito’s Hat, Caffe Nero, Fullers, Giraffe, Leon, M&S Simply Food, Pasty Shop, Pret A Manger, Prezzo, Starbucks, Upper Crust, Wasabi and Yalla Yalla.
Gavin McKechnie, Network Rail's head of retail, said: "King’s Cross illustrates our vision for the future of station retailing by creating destination stations with shopping that’s on the way, not in the way.
“Station retail continues to out perform the high street. Alongside our established retail partners, we are pleased to have attracted a host of new signings, such as American Apparel and Kiehl’s, to a station for the first time. We listened to what passengers and station users wanted and a new selection of casual dining restaurants, such as Leon, Prezzo, Giraffe, Benito’s Hat and Yalla Yalla, will provide a great choice of places to eat and meet, for travellers, shoppers and locals alike.
“The new retail and dining mix at King’s Cross will be one of the best at a British station, which is great news for passengers, and will complement the increased capacity and better facilities which will also be available.”