Utility opening third Liverpool store

Michael Hunt

Retailer Utility is opening a third store in Liverpool city centre after signing to a unit within Grosvenor's £1bn Liverpool One scheme.

Utility, which has two stores in Bold Street, has agreed to occupy a 1,800 sq ft store located at 8 Paradise Place, within Liverpool One, and will open the new store in the second week of July.

Dick Mawdsley, from Utility, said: "We've been talking to Grosvenor for a long time about opening a store in Liverpool One which we believe is a prime pitch and they presented an opportunity to us that we would have been crazy not to take.

"In terms of what retail the store will be offering it will include jewellery, watches, home accessories, cards and gift wraps, and will be quite a contemporary looking store.

"We feel the store is in a prime location on the ground floor, with Orange immediately next door and Pret a Manger next door but one, opposite the John Lewis ground floor entrance. Liverpool One pulls in people from further afield from Cheshire, North Wales, Wirral and we think we bring something different to the table as a cool lifestyle retailer, so wanted to be part of it.

"Bold Street attracts more of student population, who might not necessarily do their shopping in Liverpool One, which is again great for us.

"This will be our third store in Liverpool and fourth overall, although we plan to open a store outside the North West in London soon."

Utility's fourth store is located within the Miller Arcade in Preston. Details of the rental agreement were not disclosed.

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