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Concept image of how the interior of the Arndale store could look

Cruyff turns to Arndale for first UK store

Dan Whelan

Dutch sports fashion retailer Cruyff has picked Manchester’s Arndale for its first UK store and is also eyeing further sites in Liverpool and Glasgow.

The brand, named after iconic Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff, has stores in Amsterdam, his birthplace, and Barcelona, where he played and managed for a combined 13 years.

Cruyff has agreed to take the 2,000 sq ft former Kids Foot Locker unit subject to an eight-week fit out, designed by Mono International and BlackHive, due to start at the end of August. Fit-out contractor Kilmal told Place North West it expects the store to be open in November.

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Design proposal for new store

The deal, which has yet to be finalised, comes at an uncertain time for the retail market given the negative impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on footfall.

Metis and Time Retail Partners acted for the Arndale’s owners Intu and M&G Real Estate, and Cryuff was unrepresented in the deal.

In July, the Arndale confirmed a pair of lettings to leisure occupiers Roxy Lanes and Electric Playbox.

Foot Locker increased its existing second store in Arndale during lockdown and now has two entrances, one inside the mall and one on Market Street.

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Someone clearly abstained from telling them about the confinement of the Arndale Centre when compared to the open air, and mental release of the Liverpool shopping experience. Shopping in a city with room for grand perspectives.

By Liverpool romance

Cruyff turn – nice pun.

By Partridge

Has it ever occurred to the Scousers who insist on ‘contributing’ in a certain way, particularly to items like this one which don’t directly concern their city at all, that they are displaying the kind of “attitude issues” which the rest of Britain have recognised all too clearly for decades and which make companies all the more reluctant to invest there.

By Anthony Burgess

Shouldn’t it be named after a proper Manchester icon? Butt or Neville for example?

By Norm

@ Liverpool Romance…..yes Liverpool One is great and much nicer than The Arndale and as the article says, they will be opening a store there soon…get over it!….do you have shares in the Grosvenor Group or something, as you are doing a great job in promoting LO?
There’s obviously a reason why they chose Manchester over Liverpool for their store and that is because Manchester is the capital of the North.

By Steve

If someone has to compare shopping centres to prove a point, they really don’t understand what makes a decent city.
Hence why Manchester is so successful – it’s one of the most progressive cities in Europe.

By Anonymous

They need to take down the Arndale Tower (as iconic as it is) and turn that space into an open area, possibly even a winter garden or something similar. If they got rid of the food court and focused the restaurants around central area of the Arndale (e.g. overlooking the open area) this would create a much more enjoyable shopping environment.

By Anonymous

This brand was really popular a few years back – don’t think it’s as much the case now! They should have opened their store in Manchester or Liverpool or both then when everyone was going mad for a pair of the shoes. So don’t fight over it kids! I don’t think it will be open long in either city. Could be like uniqulo or whatever it was and all the others that stayed for 6 or 12 months then went!

By Lizzy Baggot

Uniqlo is open on Market Street, the only one in the North

By Dan