Cotswold Outdoor and Runners Need announce new Highcross store

Outdoor & Cycle Concept, one of the UK’s largest outdoor retailers in the UK, is to open a Cotswold Outdoor and Runners Need store at Highcross in Leicester.

Due to open later this year, the group’s first store in Leicester will occupy a space of 8,800 sq ft and house both brands. This will create the ultimate one-stop destination for outdoor lovers, stocking a full range of hiking, cycling, climbing, as well as running gear.

Elaine Wrigley, Retail Director at Outdoor & Cycle Concepts said: “Customers can look forward to expert service and the very best selection of outdoor clothing and equipment alongside our extensive range of run footwear and clothing.”

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts also owns known high-street brands such as Snow+Rock and Cycle Surgery.

Iain Mitchell, UK Commercial Director at Hammerson commented: “It is great news for Highcross, as well as for shoppers in the region, that Cotswold Outdoor and with it, Runners Need, will be debuting in Leicester at the centre. The trend for athleisure and well-being products continues to grow in popularity, so both brands are ideally placed to capitalise.”

In its annual report, Hammerson said that sales of sports fashion increased by 1.8% across its portfolio of UK shopping centres, while sales of men’s clothing increased by 3.8%.

The new Costwold and Runners Need store will be located in centre’s East Mall, alongside other leading retailers including Waterstones, Urban Outfitters and Smiggle.

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