Retailers expand in Liverpool core
Queensberry has announced that Hugo Boss will be expanding into the former Carluccio’s unit at the Metquarter, Liverpool, while H&M has confirmed a 30 November opening in the former BHS store on Lord Street.
At Metquarter, the Boss Store’s extension will give it a total of 10,500 sq ft of space. The new-look shop is expected to reopen in March 2019.
The 130,000 sq ft Metquarter is current undergoing a partial refurbishment to deliver 20,000 sq ft of food and leisure, including an Everyman cinema and foodhall, designed by K2 Architects and delivered by contractor Simons.
Stuart Harris, commercial director, Queensberry, commented: “Boss expanding in to the former Carluccios space gives us a great fashion anchor at the front of the centre. We have a really exciting and transformative 12 months ahead for Metquarter with Kids Cavern opening in the next few weeks, Everyman in December, Boss and a fantastic fashion boutique taking the former Armani Exchange unit opening in spring next year. We have also now agreed terms with a premium food hall operator to take 16,000 sq ft of space, housing 10 food kitchens representing a range of cuisines operated by local and regional chefs. These deals totalling nearly 70,000 sq ft will give breathe new life in to Metquarter giving it a new identity that is both representative of Liverpool whilst showcasing some of the best international and British fashion brands.”
Meanwhile, H&M is relocating down the road from its current Church Street unit to a 28,000 sq ft space previously occupied by BHS. The brand will occupy two floors at 69-79 Lord Street. Landlord Vabeld has completed a multi-million pound refurbishment of the store, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and represented by agents Mason Owen. Graham was the contractor.
H&M has confirmed it will close at Church Street in December.