It’s official – fashion retailer H&M will be opening a new store in Kettering.
After months of speculation as to who would take over the store made vacant by WH Smith in the Newland Centre, H&M has now signed a 15-year lease for a new store, taking over the old unit and the adjacent Poundland unit.
The new store is expected to bring around 30 new full and part time jobs to the town.
The unit will be spread across two levels providing a full range of ladies’, men’s and children’s wear.
Newlands centre manager Neil Griffin says it is fantastic news for the town’s shoppers.
He said: “The new H&M store will be an amazing addition to the centre.
“It will be fantastic for our shoppers and also underlines the significance of Kettering as a shopping destination.
“There is some serious work to be done to create a unit to the high specification H&M require and we will be asking our customers to be patient with the temporary disruption.”
“The arrival of H&M confirms the confidence major retailers have in Kettering as a location for fashion and follows a range of lettings including Pandora’s arrival and JD Sports doubling their current store.
“We have worked hard to improve the look and amenities of the Newlands with new signage, award-winning toilets and refurbished malls and café.
“It is very satisfying to see these investments pay dividends in attracting the quality of international retailers Kettering shoppers deserve.”
“A further large unit is now available adjacent to H&M and we are hoping to attract another fashion retailer to the scheme.”
Alex Brooker, asset management director at Ellandi, said: “This letting is a real game changer for the centre.
“This is as a result of Ellandi’s proactive asset management strategy and follows a range of lettings including Pandora’s arrival and JD Sports doubling their current store as well as the rebranding of the centre which took place last year.”