A raft of retailers have signed to the Eden development at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, taking the scheme to about 90 per cent-let by floorspace.
Fashion retailers Zara, Bershka, Topshop, Next, River Island and H&M are all taking large-format stores at the development, which will absorb the existing Octagon centre. Some of the smaller units have been let to Swarovski, Sunglass Hut, Muse, Billabong, LK Bennett and Pumpkin Patch.
“There is nothing in High Wycombe at the moment and, with such a great catchment, retailers are eager to be part of Eden,” said Tim Buckley, letting director at Multiplex, the scheme’s developer.
“Shoppers are going as far as Oxford and Reading and, for big shops, they can go into central London. We will hopefully keep these shoppers in High Wycombe when we open in March.”
Multiplex has 10 units left to fill in the 825,000 sq ft (76,640 sq m) scheme. It combines more than 600,000 sq ft (55,740 sq m) of new space with the existing shopping centre. There will be a couple of relocations from the old part, but Buckley is confident all space will be filled. “Some retailers want to relocate to larger spaces, but there is still demand for the smaller units in the old part, which will be refurbished,” he said.