Next opens Metrocentre flagship

Fashion brand moves into 78,000-sq ft former BHS unit

Next has launched one of its biggest stores at intu Metrocentre. It is more than double the size of Next’s former intu Metrocentre store and was opened by Sir John Hall, whose company Cameron Hall Developments first developed the Gateshead shopping destination in the 1980s.

Kate Grant, regional managing director at intu, said “This substantial upsizing at intu Metrocentre reflects the growing appreciation we’re seeing among retailers for the best physical stores in the right locations as they seek to rationalise their store portfolios and gain access to a higher proportion of their target customers.

Another key Next store will open at intu Merry Hill in the West Midlands later this year following work to convert a Sainsbury’s unit into a state-of-the-art 75,680-sq ft store. intu Merry Hill’s former BHS unit will also become part of a larger Primark store in line with expansion plans announced in January while sports brand Decathlon now occupies space that was once a BHS store at west London shopping destination intu Uxbridge.

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