Gilly Hicks and Clarks snap up former Topshop unit at Manchester Arndale

20th October 2022 | Lucy Millar

Manchester Arndale is delighted to announce that Gilly Hicks and Clarks will be moving into part of the former Topshop space, taking two newly created units.

Gilly Hicks’ new store coincides with its sister company Hollister moving to the centre’s former Disney Store unit.

Clarks, the popular British footwear brand, will occupy a 3,551 sq ft unit on a 10-year lease. This will be Clarks’ only store in Manchester city centre, located in a prime position on New Cannon Street.

This coincides with the announcement that iFix and Pizza Hut will also be joining the lineup.

These arrivals follow a flurry of other new lettings that include Pure Fashion, who recently committed to a 3,709 sq ft store on a five-year lease,, Tommy Hilfiger, Pandora, Canada Goose, Kick Game, Carvela and Kurt Geiger with other retailers demonstrating their confidence in the scheme by renewing their leases.

This surge of leasing news follows the announcement that Manchester Arndale is now at 95% retail occupancy, confirming its position as one of the premier shopping destinations in the North West.

Colin Flinn, spokesperson for Manchester Arndale, said: “We are delighted that Clarks, Gilly Hicks, iFix and Pizza Hut have decided to join the line up at Manchester Arndale. Rather than try and re-let the whole of the former Topshop space, we made the decision to split the space, and create three new high-quality units in a prime location.”

Manchester Arndale is one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping malls, welcoming over 42 million visitors in an average year. It boasts an impressive line-up of more than 200 shops and restaurants, including international, national, and local brands. 

Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are Manchester Arndale’s letting agents.


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