River Island to upgrade UK flagships

Landsec’s White Rose to host first of five new UK flagships

UK fashion brand River Island is to open a series of new flagship stores in 2018, starting with a major upsize to 26,000 sq ft at Landsec’s White Rose shopping centre in Leeds. River Island’s new flagship store at White Rose will feature the brand’s largest single-floor womenswear department in the UK.

The launch of the new concept store at White Rose is the first of five new flagship stores that River Island plans to launch this year, whether that is through overhauling and extending existing stores, or opening in entirely new locations.

Property director Frances Baker said: “Our strategy is about being in the best locations, at the best retail and leisure schemes, and, boosted by on-going investment from Landsec, White Rose undoubtedly falls into that category. We’re keen to continue to innovate the in-store experience we provide, and the success we’ve had at White Rose made it a perfect candidate for us to expand and showcase our latest products and in-store concepts to our customers.”

At the same time Next investing £6m in a new and enhanced 51,500-sq ft flagship store at White Rose, and Superdry launched a new concept at White Rose.

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