intu Watford extension opens

Retail and leisure offer extended by 400,000 sq ft

Intu’s 400,000-sq ft contemporary extension to intu Watford in Hertfordshire has opened, creating a single new 1.4m-sq ft retail and leisure destination which will elevate the town into CACI’s top 20 national retail destinations ranking, placing it alongside Edinburgh and Bristol.

Designed by Leslie Jones Architecture, the £180m extension provides a new retail and leisure offer gathered around an impressive central space covered by a striking glazed canopy which will become a new focal point for the centre.

The extension includes an 113,000-sq ft Debenham’s flagship store, which makes an imaginative use of the existing concrete market building and basement service area. Debenhams will be joined by a nine-screen Cineworld, a Hollywood Bowl Ten Pin Bowling alley, and 13 fashion retailers including well-known names such as Superdry, New Look, H&M, and Jack Wills. The centre will expand the town’s existing dining offer with 11 new restaurants including TGI Friday, The Florist and Yo Sushi.

Rebecca Ryman, regional director, intu said: “Our £180 million investment at intu Watford is part of our commitment to deliver a compelling mix of retail and leisure and an unrivalled customer experience, across our portfolio of the UK’s most popular shopping centres. We are focused on creating and curating winning destinations for retailers that provide customers with the very best experience.”

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