There are green shoots of recovery for retail in Wigan as Grand Arcade shopping centre confirms it has completed four new deals and a host of lease renewals.
The centre has completed four new lettings to a mixture of independent retailers and national chains since the spring. The new tenants include; Case & Case – a luxury, independent jewellers, Little Kitchen – an independent café, national retailer The Works and beauty retailer Glamour Point.
Mike Matthews, centre manager for Grand Arcade commented: “These new deals show optimism and confidence and are really good news. Like many other towns and centres, we are working to rebuild ourselves from the aftermath of Covid-19 and Wigan was hit harder than many other retail areas. However, we understand what our customers need and we are working really hard to bring the retail mix that they want, alongside a renewed focus on marketing and enlivenment activity that will ensure we stay relevant and close to our community.”
In addition to the four new tenants, several tenants have renewed or regeared their leases including the HMV store which doubled in size in line with HMV’s new format approach to experiential stores. Other brands also renewing at Grand Arcade include The Body Shop, Schuh and Deichmann..
Grand Arcade plans to further enhance the centre over the coming weeks with the launch of a new event zone that will provide activity ranging from free-to-attend events in the summer holidays, to the opportunity for retailers to directly engage with tenants with new products.
Deals were completed by joint agents Avison Young and Lunson Mitchenall.