Four new stores open at St Enoch Centre
Published by Simon Gwynn on Thu 13 Sep 12 @ 16:57
Four new retailers are set to open their doors at St. Enoch Centre this autumn, providing a major boost for the Glasgow shopping destination as it prepares for the busy Christmas period.
Stationery retailer Drewdle, which offers a comprehensive range of fun, brightly-coloured stationery for all age groups, will commence trading early in September. The growing Scottish business, which opened its first outlets in Livingston and Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal in May, will be located on the first floor of the Centre in a 500 sq ft retail space close to family-friendly outlets including Hamleys and Mamas & Papas.
Contemporary jeweller Truth is opening a 1345 sq ft pop-up shop - also the company's first UK store - on the ground floor of the Centre on September 15. The firm, which specialises in trend-led pieces including collaborations with leading international jewellery designers, opted to lease the unit after operating a successful kiosk in St Enoch Centre during the festive season last year.
Joining Truth on the ground floor in September is independent women's fashion chain A Bientot, whose two stores in the south of Glasgow and unit at Glasgow airport have already gained a loyal following among the city's fashionistas. Designer labels stocked at A Bientot's existing sites include French Connection, Ted Baker, and Fahri by Nicole Fahri. The retailer's new 1330 sq ft unit in St. Enoch will be located close to international fashion brands including Fossil, and Folli Follie.
The three outlets opening in September will be followed in October by international footwear brand Ecco, which has more than 1,000 stores in over 90 countries. The Scandinavian company, which manufactures all of the footwear it sells, utilises cutting edge design technology to combine style with comfort. Its 1715 sq ft unit on the ground floor of St. Enoch will stock ranges from their women's, men's, children's and outdoor collections.
Debbie Stewart, managing director of A Bientot, said: "We're really excited about moving into St. Enoch Centre as it will be our first city centre site.
"As an independent retailer, our focus is on offering warm and attentive customer service and an attractive blend of sought after women's wear brands. We believe this approach will thrive in St. Enoch Centre, which is well known for its innovative mix of fashion forward retailers and family-friendly stores."
Susan Nicol, General Manager at St. Enoch Centre said: "We are delighted to announce the forthcoming arrival of four new retailers, Drewdle, Truth, A Bientot and Ecco. They are a welcome addition to our popular tenant mix as we head into the busy Christmas shopping period.
"Since the completion of our £150 million redevelopment programme we've seen a tremendous increase in footfall. Last year our annual footfall figure was just over 19 million and, despite the challenging economic climate, this year to date we are more than 6 per cent up on last year's figures, so we are expecting our busiest Christmas yet."