A shopping centre’s new owners expect all units to be taken within weeks after a textiles store became its latest big name chain to open.
One of the founding partners of Ellandi, which bought Kettering’s Newlands Centre last September, said all units would be full within “a few weeks” after Textiles Direct opened there on Friday, June 15.
Mark Robinson, founding partner of Ellandi, said: “It’s another national chain coming to Kettering, which is great news in a difficult market, but as important with the other deals we have in hand we expect the scheme to be 100 per cent occupied within a few weeks.
“It’s very positive in the current environment.
“We are in discussions with national retailers for at least three units in the centre, including national fashion chains.”
Hundreds of shoppers have flocked to Textiles Direct since it opened its doors.
Speaking on its second day trading, area manager Lisa Evans, who was in store to help out its two new staff, said: “It’s been a really good response. We’ve had a lot of feedback from customers saying it’s exactly what Kettering needs in the high street.
“It’s been very busy all day long with people coming in and seeing what we do.”
The national chain, which has opened in the former Priceless shop, sells items for the home, from feather dusters to curtains and bed linen. Bright orange discount signs beam out from among the stock.
Shopper Sarah Young, of Wellingborough, said: “It looks like there’s a good variety of stock and good prices.”