Visitors to SouthGate Bath, the new shopping destination in the city, can look forward to a series of openings over the coming months featuring some of the most exciting names in retail and food.
The excitement begins with news that Urban Outfitters, Topshop/Topman, Currys PC World 2 in 1, River Island and Fat Face are the latest retailers to sign to the centre.
Their commitment to SouthGate Bath means that, including all the stores that have opened so far and the anchor store Debenhams (due to open in September 2010), more than 75% of the total scheme is let a remarkable achievement given some of the toughest conditions for the retail sector in living memory.
The four new names join a growing line up at SouthGate Bath that includes Sainsburys, Boots, New Look, Apple, Azendi, H&M, Animal, Kurt Geiger, O2, Game, Republic, All Saints, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Cult, Thoughts, tReds, Quiksilver and Timpsons.
A spokesperson for Fat Face commented: "We're very much looking forward to opening a new Fat Face store in SouthGate Bath, where we've got high hopes about it becoming the retail heart of Bath and being part of all the excitement of this. We already have an existing store in Bath but feel there's sufficient demand for a further store, due to a substantial and loyal client base in the area. It'll also be fantastic to be sat alongside some great like-minded brands."
Ben Reysenn, store manager at Currys PC World 2 in 1, said: "Currys has a long association with Bath and is looking forward to welcoming customers to a brand new, interactive Currys and PC World store in SouthGate Bath. The new store offers customers a great new interactive shopping experience with many products powered up and displayed on what we call 'play tables', which enable customers to pick up the products and try them out before choosing the one which is right for them.
With its beautiful Georgian design, in keeping with the traditional Bath style, it has to be one of the best looking and well appointed shopping centres in the country. This, together with its wonderful facilities and close proximity to both the train and bus stations, make it an excellent location for us and our customers."
News is also expected over the coming weeks concerning new signings that will bring a variety of restaurants and food outlets to SouthGate Bath.
Stuart Harris, Leasing Director from Multi Development, commented: "SouthGate Bath continues to attract great brands to Bath adding to an already exciting fashion line up. Many are new names to the City, while others are using SouthGate Bath to significantly extend and improve their offerings in the city. The brand profiles of our new retailers stand testament to our commitment to bring only the standard of retailers that Bath needs and deserves to SouthGate Bath."
The shopping center is a joint venture between Multi Development and Aviva Investments.
Joint letting agents are Strutt and Parker and DTZ.
More information is available by logging on at www.southgatebath.com
Source: Multi Corporation