Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Arcadia’s Outfit makes high street debut in former BHS unit

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Arcadia Group’s multi-fascia chain Outfit will make its high street debut next month, opening in a unit left behind by BHS in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Outfit, which has 77 stores around the UK, normally operates as an out-of-town retail chain that offers clothing from Arcadia’s fashion brands – Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Evans, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins – under one roof.

There are plans to open further Outfit stores in Barnsley and Edge Lane in Liverpool in September and October respectively.

The news comes one year after BHS collapsed, with only a third of the former department store chain’s 164 stores now occupied by new tenants.

Primark has acquired nine former BHS stores, the most from any of the new tenants, followed by Sports Direct which has taken six stores for its various retail brands.

Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) Group is about to open a new department store concept in BHS’s former space in Carmarthen, South Wales, and Polish retailer Reserved will make its UK debut by taking over part of the former BHS flagship on London’s Oxford Street.

Other notable new tenants taking over former BHS units include Zara, H&M, New Look and independent department store chain Morleys.

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