March 7, 2012
Global retailing giant Foot Locker has chosen Lakeside, owned by Capital Shopping Centres (CSC), as the location for the UK’s third store for its new format The Locker Room.
Foot Locker will open a 3,900 sq ft store for The Locker Room mid mall on the upper level of Lakeside close to Lacoste, Coast and Dune. CSC has created a bespoke new unit to house The Locker Room through the amalgamation of two existing units. Previous tenant Hotel Chocolat will relocate to Brompton Walk, joining other brand offerings such as Choice who opened a new megastore in the brand led Brompton Walk last year. The Locker Room is due to open at Lakeside in April.
The Locker Room aims to provide customers with the best sports performance footwear, clothing and accessories for fitness, running or football and is to be rolled out to other parts of the UK and continental Europe.
Jonathan Ainsley, Asset Management Director at CSC, said: “The Locker Room is an exciting new format from Foot Locker and we are very proud that they have chosen Lakeside as the location for their third UK store. The Locker Room will join a centre line-up that already boasts flagship stores from both UK and international brands.”
Foot Locker Europe’s CEO, Lew Kimble said: “As we expand The Locker Room finding the right locations is crucial. We felt Lakeside was a perfect fit for our new concept and a great choice for our second store in the south east.”
Lakeside celebrated its 21st birthday last year and continues to go from strength to strength with top name retailers such as Arcadia opening a top ten flagship megastore for its TOPSHOP and TOPMAN fashion retail brands in November.US giant Forever 21 will open later this year. CSC plans to build on recent investment in the centre with a major £180m proposal to create up to 40 new stores in Lakeside Shopping Centre. The proposal has been submitted for planning approval and would create over 2,500 permanent new jobs as well as a significant funding for new infrastructure for the local community
Lakeside was represented by Lunson Mitchenall and CWM. Locker Room was represented by Brasier Freeth.