The global footwear retail brand is to open one of the largest in its 2,500-strong estate, on South John Street. Music retailer HMV has stepped aside from the unit, moving into a nearby 13,000 sq ft space last week to accommodate the move.
Alison Clegg, director of asset management at Grosvenor Europe, said: “Securing Footlocker is a reflection of our strategy of providing visitors with a highly compelling and relevant offer that is unavailable elsewhere.
“Along with the new HMV, the new stores will provide on-trend, exciting offers that further strengthen Liverpool ONE’s great mix of brands.” The HMV shop includes an enlarged vinyl section, as the retailer looks to tap into a resurgent part of the music market.
Footlocker currently operates from Church Street in the city, and also has stores in Manchester, Chester and the Trafford Centre.
Clegg continued: “An increasing number of retailers including Footlocker, JD Sports, and Nespresso have launched new stores concepts in Liverpool ONE – an endorsement of their performance and confidence.”
JD and Superdry both opened major stores in the last quarter of 2017, while Seven Liverpool, a ‘concept brand’ owned by Footasylum, recently celebrating its first birthday on Paradise Street.
Grosvenor said that the deals follow a record year for Liverpool ONE, with year-on-year sales up 3% in 2017 and footfall exceeding 29m for the first time.
Cushman & Wakefield and Metis Real Estate Advisors acted for Liverpool ONE. Footlocker were represented by Brasier Freeth. HMV dealt directly through its in-house team.