Blacks tests its first out-of-town dual-format store

Blacks is trialling its first out-of-town store, in an initiative that will bring both its outdoor and boardwear formats under one roof.

The retailer, which flagged its intention to expand via retail parks at its prelims in May, said the shop will open by the end of the year.

Analysts at Numis believe this space-driven expansion bodes well for the retailer.

'This type of format is very widespread in the US and we believe will have legs in the UK,' the broker noted.

Blacks has piloted boardwear in a handful of its outdoor shops, but this would be its first large-scale venture.