Orbit signs River Island in Bolton

Orbit Developments has let 7,000 sq ft on a ten-year lease at Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park to fashion retailer River Island.

The store is due to open on Saturday at the successful 640,000 sq ft development, home to Next, Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley, Boots and Argos.

Mark Hanna, senior retail leasing surveyor at Orbit Developments, said: "We've been working hard to strengthen our fashion line-up and we are delighted to be welcoming a retail giant like River Island to Middlebrook.

"The retail park has seen considerable growth this year with footfall increasing by 8.3% since January. I am confident River Island's arrival will be a significant boost for the retail park and will increase dwell times and as well as attracting new customers to the business park."

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Hmm, is this another nail in the coffin of the town centre or will they retain their presence there, I wonder!

By Annie