Manchester Arndale, the premier shopping destination in the heart of the city, welcomes The North Face to its array of global brands. The outdoor retailer, known for its adventure-focused clothing, footwear, and equipment, has signed a 10-year lease for a 3,630 sq ft unit on New Cannon Street. This marks The North Face’s first store in Manchester city centre and reinforces Manchester Arndale’s position as a burgeoning fashion hub.
The North Face becomes the latest in a series of international fashion brands who have recently opened new stores at Manchester Arndale. These include Moss, Gilly Hicks, Hollister, Kurt Geiger, Carvela, and Tommy Jeans, as the centre continues to grow Manchester’s fashion offering.
The letting also continues an impressive run of new lettings at Manchester Arndale which has seen Nike, Manchester City, Blue Banana, Be More Geek, Oseyo, Black Sheep Coffee, and Sunglass Hut sign at the centre since the start of the year, taking retail occupancy to around 95%.
Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, said: “We are delighted that The North Face has become the latest big name brand to sign a long-term letting at Manchester Arndale. Our leasing activity since the pandemic has seen us welcome a truly diverse mix of international and local businesses, as well as a wide variety of retail, leisure, and F&B brands, to ensure there is something for everyone visiting Manchester Arndale.
“Through this approach, footfall has continued to strengthen and demand for well-placed units has remained, so high that we are approaching 100% occupancy, allowing us to avoid the struggles faced by other retail centres, and cement our position as the North West’s leading retail destination.”
M&G Real Estate and Global Mutual act as joint asset managers of Manchester Arndale. Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are Manchester Arndale’s retained letting agents, while S. Kershaw and Sons and Ellis Brigham supported The North Face.