October 15, 2009

Fourteen New Names Sign Up Before 22 October Opening

In the run up to opening, a host of new retailers have announced they will open stores at St David’s, the extended shopping centre in the heart of Cardiff.

Fashion store Lambretta, audio store Digital Connections trading as Bose, Formula One store Wheels of Sport and stationer Paperchase will open their first shops in Wales. Also making their debut in Wales at St David’s are jeweller Thomas Sabo, gadget store Menkind and Prêt a Manger.

Other new names Jane Norman, Game, Shoe Zone, Lakeland, Faith, and local favourite Italian restaurant Bellini’s will join the impressive line up at St David’s which includes Hugo Boss, Cult and the UK’s second largest John Lewis, which has traded well above target since its 24 September opening.

St David’s will extend the existing shopping centre to provide 1.4 million sq ft of shopping space in the heart of Cardiff. Retailers will be opening from 22 October with some 50 new stores on opening day; more than half of which will be making their Wales debut. More than 30 further stores will be opening in the lead up to Christmas followed by more retailers in early 2010.

Joanne Skilton, of Capital Shopping Centres (CSC), on behalf of St David’s Partnership, the joint venture between CSC and Land Securities, said: “St David’s will offer shoppers even more choice when we open on 22 October. We will be opening more shops in the run up to Christmas and the quality of the retail offer will reinforce Cardiff as a key location within the UK retail hierarchy. We are all very excited.”

The quality of St David’s offer and Cardiff’s catchment of 27 million shoppers and 10 million tourists each year has attracted many retailers new to Wales such as Kurt Geiger, Radley, All Saints, LK Bennett, Ollie & Nic, Crabtree & Evelyn and Jack & Jones. Other retailers, such as H&M, will open a second store in the Welsh capital to enable them to stock a full product range for the first time.

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