75,680sq ft Next store announced for Intu Merry Hill

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Fashion retailer Next has announced plans to open a 75,680sq ft store at  Intu Merry Hill shopping centre.

The multi-million pound project will see the ex-Sainsbury‘s site transform into one of Next‘s biggest stores.

A former Burger King site will be added to the 60,000sq ft Sainsbury‘s space and a 4500sq ft mezzanine will be installed.

The new Next store will include a coffee shop, full homeware sector and an concession  for fashion brand Lipsy.

Building will commence over Christmas this year with aims to be finished by next spring.

This comes amid a £100 million renovation at the West Midlands‘ shopping centre, as owners Intu push to sign up fresh retailers and further enhance its leisure offering.

JD Sports, Topshop, River Island and Tag Heuer have all signed up since Intu took over the premises last year.

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“We will be working closely with Next to build a fantastic space for what will be one of their biggest UK stores,” Intu regional director Nick Round said.

“Next‘s significant investment at intu Merry Hill reflects our own long term commitment to the centre and the confidence that exists in it as a destination where brands can really flourish.

“Our plans are to attract even more great brands and create compelling experiences for customers across the West Midlands.”

A Next spokesperson added: “We‘re excited to have secured this fantastic space within the prime retail destination of intu Merry Hill as the site of our next West Midlands store.”

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