Three fashion retailers have agreed to major new stores at the Friary Centre in Guildford, its joint owners Westfield and Hermes Real Estate announced today.
American brand Hollister and UK retailers Republic and River Island will be taking over 7,500 sq ft, 6,500 sq ft and 10,000 sq ft size stores respectively.
It will be the first Hollister or Republic store in the town, whilst River Island currently has a smaller high street outlet.
The new stores form part of a significant upgrade of the site which saw recent development at its HMV and Primark outlets and expansion of its Topshop, which is due to be unveiled this summer.
Peter Miller, Chief Operating Officer for Westfield, said: “We are delivering a major remix and refurbishment of the Friary to significantly improve the experience for shoppers.
“The signing of these leading retailers has generated strong retailer interest in the remaining available units.”
Hollister has been busy expanding into the UK over the last year, most recently with the announcement of a new outlet at Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham, to add to its 19 other stores across the nation.
Another US-based youth fashion retailer rapidly increasing UK stores is Forever 21, which has recently secured prime locations on London’s Oxford Street and on the Atlas site in Glasgow.
Kevin Lorimer, Chairman of Guildford Town Centre Management, commented: “This is excellent news for Guildford. During these difficult economic times we are lucky to have a company keen to invest heavily in Guildford.
“This is a superb opportunity for new retailers to come to this successful and dynamic town, it is only right that hurdles to this development were overcome to allow for investment and economic growth.”