Highcross welcomes North Face and Sony


Leicester-based shopping centre Highcross has completed a number of new lease deals in time for Christmas, it was announced today.

The east midlands retail hub, which is jointly owned by real estate groups Hammerson and LaSalle Investment Management, will soon open the first North Face and Sony stores in the city, while the arrival of four other retailers has also been confirmed in recent months.

Independent menswear boutique Luke 1977 is opening a flagship 2,180 sq ft store at the location, joining fine art stockist Whitewall Galleries, family favourite Build A Bear and fast-growing food outlet Greggs, as well as the aforementioned outdoor products specialist and electricals retailer.

These half-a-dozen businesses make up 12,000 sq ft of new retail space at Highcross in total.

Sheila King, Hammerson‘s Director of Group Retail Leasing, commented: “These new brands provide real strength in depth across our retail mix at Highcross, offering specialist fashion retailing, high end entertainment and fine art to our consumers.”

Property consultancies Bidwell Webber De Pons and Lunson Mitchenall acted on behalf of Hammerson, which last week confirmed the appointment of Martin Plocica as its new Retail Portfolio Director.

Arriving from US firm Simon Property Group, the new recruit will have responsibility for some of Hammerson‘s major shopping centres including Bullring, Union Square and Highcross.