A number of major stores, including Burton, Miss Selfridge, Evans and Monsoon, will be leaving The Mall at Cribbs Causeway this March, according to a report in today’s Bristol Post.
French Connection may also be leaving, while other stores including Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and East are to become concessions within other shops in the centre.
Other stores, including WHSmith, are to move into different sized units that are “more suited to their current requirements”, while some new names are said to be in discussion about taking up space in the centre.
The changes have been sparked by leases coming up for renewal and difficult trading conditions within the retail industry.
The shake-up comes just months after a Government inspector threw out South Gloucestershire Council’s plan to allow a major expansion of retailing at Cribbs Causeway, claiming that the proposal “had not been sufficiently justified” and “could harm other centres in the sub-region”.
Jon Edwards, Commercial Director of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, commented:
“The Mall is currently undergoing a period of change as several shop leases are coming up for renewal, which is not uncommon at major shopping centres. As part of this we are pleased to report that advanced negotiations are underway with a number of tenants about exciting plans to upsize and enhance stores, while a host of new names are in discussions with us about opening at The Mall.”
“As part of this same process, a select number of stores, including several from the Arcadia group of retailers are reviewing their strategies; this may see some leave The Mall later in the year while others may move to new locations within the centre.”
“The Mall remains a hugely popular shopping destination and a number of other retailers including Republic and Next have significantly upsized their units, while others are soon to follow suit.”
Read more: Major stores including Burton and Miss Selfridge to quit Cribbs Causeway (Bristol Post)