Gloucester Quays: As one door opens…
By Sarah Wood | 11th April 2023
Gloucester Quays is celebrating the opening of a new store over the weekend, but another has closed.
Next made a return to the Quays over Easter, reopening in the unit it occupied from 2009 to 2019.
The new 10,441 sq ft store features clearance collections across women's, men's and children's fashion, as well as homeware products. Products include own labels ranges, as well as products from Next's growing portfolio of other brands.
But Calvin Klein, which had occupied the prominent corner unit opposite the old Gap store for 10 years, closed its doors for the final time, when its lease ended two weeks ago.
Paul Carter, asset director at Peel L&P, which owns Gloucester Quays, said: "We are thrilled that Next has officially returned to Gloucester Quays, showcasing the destination as a front-runner for retail and outlet shopping within the UK.
"Next has huge renown in retail, so we are proud to have them as part of the tenant mix here, with their high-quality clearance collections guaranteed to be a hit with Gloucester Quays' visitors."
Judi Bowers, area manager for Next Gloucester Quays, said: "It is a great moment for Next to have made its return to Gloucester Quays, and we are so excited to be able to showcase our range of high-quality, affordable clothing to a key South West audience. We strive to offer something for everyone and feel sure that our new Gloucester Quays location will reflect this."
But the closure of Calvin Klein leaves a big area of unused retail space at one of the entrances to the Quays, with the former Gap store still sitting vacant.
The brand has changed its worldwide retail strategy, which means stores opening in different parts of the world, while some stores in the UK and elsewhere are closing.
Paul Carter continued: "Whilst we regret Calvin Klein has made the decision to close the store, we are already in advanced conversations with a number of other well-known brands to open stores at Gloucester Quays.
"Demand for the destination is strong and follows a very positive performance in 2022 - and 2023 has begun well. We welcomed Timberland early this month and we look forward to welcoming El Mexicana this spring, with more exciting new brands to be added to the Gloucester Quays line-up shortly."
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