Ashley to invest millions in upgrading House of Fraser stores

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley has pledged to invest hundreds of millions of pounds into House of Fraser in exchange for three-year rent holidays on the redeveloped stores.

The Sports Direct tycoon plans to open 31 rebranded “Frasers” stores over the next five years, as he bids to make the department store chain he bought out of administration in August for £90m more “upmarket”.

In exchange for investing in the stores, Ashley hopes to secure a three-year rent-free period from landlords, according to The Sunday Times.

The refurbished Frasers stores will stock high-end brands such as Gucci and Paul Smith.

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