Debenhams to have larger store in Bradford's Westfield development (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Debenhams to have larger store in Bradford's Westfield development
Bosses behind Westfield ’s proposed shopping centre in Bradford have announced Debenhams has signed a deal to extend its store to three levels.
The Australian developer, which has yet to give a start date for its £275 million scheme, said the department store will now take 117,000 sq ft of floor space at the Broadway development – an increase on its original plan to open a 100,000 sq ft store over two levels.
Debenhams is one of three ‘anchor tenants’ for the project, for which planning permission was granted last year for 550,000 sq ft of retail and catering outlets, more than 70 shops and restaurants, 1,300 car park spaces and public areas.
Westfield will also lease 63,000 sq ft to Marks & Spencer, which has confirmed it would close its Darley Street store when its new outlet opens, and has confirmed retailer Next as a tenant, set to occupy 32,000 sq ft.
Duncan Bower, Westfield director of development, said: “We are delighted that Debenhams has decided to extend its planned store in the Broadway development.
“Debenhams’ expansion, along with the recent Marks & Spencer and Next announcements, demonstrates the strong interest from retailers to invest in Bradford and capitalise on the trading opportunity this relatively untapped retail market represents.”
Rob Hadfield, property director at Debenhams, added: “Debenhams is pleased to announce its expansion in the Broadway scheme. The larger format store will provide our shoppers with a greater range of product and improved access from the car park and visual impact of the store.”
Councillor Imran Hussain , deputy leader of Bradford Council, said he hoped the announcement would attract further retailers to the scheme.
He said: “This is another positive step in the right direction for Bradford as it demonstrates Debenhams’ confidence in the Westfield development and the city’s future.
“Along with the signing-up of Marks & Spencer and Next’s commitment to opening up a major store there, this announcement should spark more interest from other retailers.”
Westfield said it is continuing its leasing negotiations to secure final pre-let deals before construction begins.
Bill Giouroukos, director of operations, gave an update on the scheme to the British Council of Shopping Centres conference yesterday.