New retailers sign up at St Enoch Centre

20 Mar 2009

Ivanhoe Cambridge, owners of Glasgow's St. Enoch Centre, have announced more new retailers and the extensive refurbishment and enlargement of an existing anchor store as part of the facility's £100 million redevelopment programme.

Top fashion retailer H&M and leading coffee chain Costa Coffee will both open major new stores at the Centre. The large H&M store will be within the new mall being created while Costa Coffee will open a 2000 square foot flagship store with a mezzanine floor in a prime site facing on to St Enoch's Square.

Richard Kingston, Vice President Leasing, Europe at Ivanhoe Cambridge, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming H&M and Costa Coffee to the new-look St. Enoch Centre. "We are working hard to enhance the overall tenant mix in the mall and to add a new dimension to our visitor appeal. "H&M's arrival will provide a major boost to our ability to attract the fashion conscious shopper which has already been enhanced by the addition of G-Star last year while the introduction of Costa Coffee is a key part of our strategy to develop our food and drink offering."

Susan Agnew, acquisitions manager for Costa Coffee, said: "Our new St. Enoch store provides an excellent platform to take Costa Coffee in Glasgow on to the next level and increases brand awareness in what is a very competitive market. This is a key development for us which we see as a stepping stone to opening other stores in Glasgow city centre and its suburbs." Ivanhoe Cambridge have also revealed that one of the Centre's existing anchor tenants, Boots, is to implement a major refurbishment and expansion of their existing store as part of the redevelopment and will trade from a flagship store on the ground floor of the mall.

Richard Kingston continued: "Boots has a long association with St. Enoch's and has played an extremely valuable role in the success of the Centre over the years. The extensive refurbishment and enlargement of their 20 year old store is an enormous vote of confidence in what we're aiming to achieve with our redevelopment.

The quality "flagship" fit out will make a massive visual impact and complement our refurbishment of the existing mall"." Bill Riddell, partner with Riddell Thoms and Company, acted for Boots on the letting of the new store. He commented: "Ivanhoe Cambridge's refurbishment of the centre has looked to address many of the challenges of modern retailing including the provision of quality accommodation for a new Boots flagship store and other large space traders whilst at the same time greatly improving the access to the scheme.

The rebuilt mall with its new alignment and linkage to Buchanan Street very effectively links the centre to Glasgow's core shopping area and will definitely draw the Buchanan Street shopper into the scheme." As well as a massively refurbished mall boasting 40 new retailers, an iconic new entrance and mall is being created on the junction of Glasgow's Buchanan and Argyle Streets which will pull the Buchanan street shopper directly into St Enoch.

Further announcements on new retailers will be made in the coming months. The redevelopment programme is scheduled for completion in autumn this year.

  • The new St Enoch's under construction