House of Fraser to open anchor store in 2021
Department store chain House of Fraser has confirmed plans to open an anchor store at the new Chester Northgate retail complex.
The 500,000sq ft development project, which is spearheaded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, will see House of Fraser take on a 100,000sq ft unit of retail space over three floors.
Construction of the development will commence in late 2018, targeting an opening of all three phases by 2021.
Chester Northgate will be House of Fraser’s second major UK store opening, following Rushden Lakes, which opens this year, since its acquisition by Sanpower Group in late 2014.
House of Fraser has focused on further developing its multichannel proposition, alongside continued investment in its store portfolio and international expansion, including the recent opening of the company’s first store in China, Nanjing in December 2016.
Frank Slevin, executive chairman of House of Fraser, said: “We are very pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement to open an anchor store at Chester Northgate. Chester is an exciting location for us, being at the centre of a thriving regional economy. The new store clearly cements our commitment to and vision for the future growth of House of Fraser.
“The growth of our store portfolio and the further development of House of Fraser’s multichannel offer provides solid foundations for the ongoing transformation of the business, ultimately driving a great customer experience. I look forward to the store opening in 2021.”
Councillor Samantha Dixon, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We are delighted to have secured House of Fraser, one of the UK’s top department stores, as an anchor tenant for the new Northgate development in Chester.”