River Island leads flurry of Manchester Arndale deals

2nd November 2023 | Jack Oliver

River Island has renewed its lease and upsized at Manchester Arndale, as the scheme welcomes a flurry of leasing activity.

The fashion retailer has signed a five-year renewal for a 22,415 sq ft unit, representing an expansion of an additional 3,686 sq ft. River Island already has a strong presence within the Manchester scheme, and has committed to a programme of in-store investments as it looks to enhance the customer experience.

Meanwhile, Mexican restaurant Tortilla is set to join the centre, taking a 1,737 sq ft unit on a 10-year lease.

Three more occupiers at Manchester Arndale have also signed renewals, with The Watch Lab, jewellery retailer Thomas Sabo, and accessories brand Claire’s all committing to new five-year leases.

These signings follow a number of recent retail lettings at the scheme, including to The North Face, Moss, Nike, Dune, and Oseyo. Food and beverage operators which have recently joined the scheme include Black Sheep Coffee and Sides.

Steve Gray, head of European retail asset management at Global Mutual, said: “We are excited to strengthen our relationships with existing brands like River Island, Thomas Sabo, Claire’s, and The Watch Lab. These agreements underline our commitment to delivering a diverse and vibrant shopping environment for our valued customers and reflect our commitment to maintaining long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with retailers. We’re also delighted that River Island will be investing in their in-store experience as Manchester Arndale continues to lead the charge in terms of customer experience.

“New arrival Tortilla signifies a commitment to aligning our food and beverage offer with the thriving retail scene, further helping to uphold our reputation as a leading destination in the heart of Manchester.”

M&G Real Estate and Global Mutual act as joint asset managers of Manchester Arndale. Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are the centre’s retained letting agents.


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