Highcoss revamp approved

Published:  23 June, 2017

Hammerson secures three new lettings as part of its plans to transform a major part of Highcross

Hammerson has been granted planning consent by Leicester County Council to complete a major reconfiguration of the former House of Fraser outlet unit at Highcross shopping centre, allowing for larger stores and new brands to take space. Three units have already been let, including upsizings from Zara and JD Sports and one new name for the city, Treetop Adventure Golf.

The reconfiguration of the old House of Fraser outlet store marks a significant investment in the centre and in Leicester, and will allow for the introduction of larger, experiential flagship stores as well as new and exciting brands. Works are expected to complete in the second half of 2018. The plans will transform and improve a significant part of Highcross, in addition to rejuvenating Shires Lane and the adjacent high street.

The 100,000-sq ft former outlet store is spread over three floors. As part of the reconfiguration the space will be divided into eight new individual units of varying floorspace to accommodate a range of operators including retail, food & beverage and leisure, significantly enhancing the tenant mix at the centre.

International fashion brand, Zara, will anchor the refurbished St Peter’s Square entrance, doubling the size of its existing unit to create a 35,000-sq ft flagship store offering its full range of womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories.

JD Sports will also significantly increase its store footprint at Highcross, expanding into a 22,000-sq ft unit. And anchoring the leisure offer at Highcross, Treetop Adventure Golf will make its Leicester debut and its second shopping centre location in an 18,000-sq ft unit.

Peter Cooper, director UK shopping centres at Hammerson, said: “The planning approval marks a major milestone in the enhancement of Highcross, allowing us to put in place new flagships and concepts and create a fresh and relevant tenant mix. The plans also provide an opportunity to improve the entrance at St Peter’s Square, enhancing its link to the High Street in addition to breathing new life into the surrounding shopping streets.”

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