Dec 15, 2016
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Argos closes Hanley store ahead of redevelopment, M&S, Next to anchor new mall

Dec 15, 2016

Argos is closing a branch in Stoke-on-Trent at the end of January putting 100 jobs at risk, as plans to create a 435,000 sq ft shopping centre on the site move forward.

Realis Estates plans to build a shopping centre on the site - Photo: Realis Estates

The retailer will be leaving the unit in Old Hall Street a month before the lease expires at the end of February 2017.

The scheme to overhaul the area surrounding the old bus station and the East West Centre is being undertaken by Realis Estates, which plans to create a shopping centre on the site. The new retail destination in the city centre will be called Unity Walk and work is planned to start next year.

British brands M&S and Next are already lined up to be the two anchor tenants and Realis said discussions are progressing well with other retailers, restaurants and cafés.

M&S has signed up for a 50,000 sq ft store, while Next will be opening a 26,000 sq ft branch.

The scheme, designed by architects Benoy, will also include vibrant public spaces and improved parking. It will link the new City Centre Bus Station, which has already been completed, with Parliament Row and the rest of the city’s retail offer.

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