US-based fashion retailer Banana Republic is to open only its sixth store in the UK at The Trafford Centre in Manchester in one month’s time.
It will be only the second outlet outside of London the trader, which is owned by global high street fashion giant Gap, has launched, and it is its very first shop in the north of England.
Situated on the mezzanine of the Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) owned mall, the 9,000 sq ft store will be close to Selfridges, Pandora, Radley and Apple, and will feature the retailer’s full-range of accessible luxury products.
Julian Wilkinson, Property Director for CSC at The Trafford Centre, said: “Having Banana Republic choose The Trafford Centre for its first store in the north is fantastic news.
“The brand is key to our letting strategy of attracting quality retailers that offer a point of difference for our shoppers.”
Sales for Gap’s international operations have been steadily declining in recent months whilst its domestic trading remained strong, but despite this the group still seems keen to extend its brands in Europe as this new store demonstrates.
The first UK-based Banana Republic store was opened on London’s Regent Street, and since then four more outlets within the M25 and another in Bath have been unveiled.
In recent months The Trafford Centre has announced the arrival of several other global fashion brands to the centre, including Vans and Lacoste.