Covent Garden sees new signings with Uniqlo flagship, first Guerlain UK store
There’s plenty of activity in the UK retail property sector as the pandemic has created major opportunities in popular retail destinations. And on Tuesday, Capital & Counties Properties (Capco) announced multiple new signings for Covent Garden with the new tenants list dominated by fashion and beauty names.
And that list includes a giant Uniqlo flagship, plus Guerlain’s first UK store underlining the neighbourhood’s appeal to international luxury cosmetics names.
Capco said that Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo has agreed terms to occupy a flagship London store located at a new site combining 19-21 Long Acre and Carriage Hall on Floral Street. The new store will span 21,600 square feet.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based contemporary lifestyle brand Rails will open its first London store on Floral Street and luxury watch brand TAG Heuer has agreed terms to open a store on James Street. Contemporary jewellery brand e&e is also to open in the Market Building and Italian fashion brand Empresa has signed on Henrietta Street.
Boosting the overall beauty offer in the area, digitally native beauty brand Lisa Eldridge has opened at the Royal Opera House Arcade, while luxury brand Guerlain will launch its first UK store in the Royal Opera House Arcade. And another luxury brand, OTO, will open on James Street offering beauty and lifestyle products.
The company had also previously announced that Glossier and Reformation will open early next year.
Covent Garden is springing back to life post-pandemic and recently launched its extensive Christmas programme of activities including brand partnerships with Disney's Frozen the Musical and Lego.
A new Covent Garden Christmas Village is open on the Piazza including a festive food market, a winter forest archway and Santa's sleigh.
And following the success of the summer campaign, American Express has chosen Covent Garden as its only London location for an American Express Winter World lounge. During the first three weekends in December, American Express will welcome shoppers to the lounge located on Floral Street, offering guests luxury gift wrapping workshops and festive refreshments.
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