Skechers to open at Peterborough’s Queensgate
Skechers is set to join the line-up at Queensgate in Peterborough as works begin on a £60m extension of the shopping centre.
The American footwear brand will open in the former River Island unit on the Upper Mall, taking 2,611 square feet of space to showcase a selection of its 3,000 styles for men, women and children. The store will join Skechers’ worldwide portfolio of franchised retailers when it opens at the end of April.
Meanwhile, River Island has moved to a larger 11,600-sqaure-foot store within the retail scheme, and is now located adjacent to Joules in the former BHS.
Guy Thomas, head of retail at Lendlease, commented: “Skechers’ new store will join the growing footwear line-up at Queensgate, located opposite Office and JD Sports, and will join the brand-new gym, Energie Fitness.
“The next few years will be very exciting for Peterborough and Queensgate, with the new brands and extension significantly broadening Queensgate’s regional appeal.”
The shopping centre is building a 77,000-square-foot extension which will be anchored by a 10-screen Empire cinema. The initial works, carried out in partnership with John Lewis, are set to complete at the beginning of 2020, introducing the department store’s new and enhanced retail layout.
The £60m extension is scheduled to open by Autumn 2021, creating 200 jobs opportunities once complete.
Also joining the shopping and leisure destination is crystal jewellery brand Swarovski, which is opening a store later this month.
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