Welcome to the first edition of Premier Retail – the premier construction tool for the retail industry.
For our very first issue we have scoured the UK to bring you some of the best retail projects taking place on the high street and beyond.
In this month’s issue we head to London to take a look at the brand new Nickelodeon store; we journey to Longbridge to check out the Midlands’ largest M&S store and we profile the rpa:group.
SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and many of their friends from entertainment brand Nickelodeon, recently moved into their first European flagship store at No 1 Leicester Square. The new Nickelodeon store – a first for Europe – opened in May and showcases a great range of toys, clothing, homeware and Nick-themed character merchandise. The store also boasts a lot of unique interactive elements, including a ‘colouring tree’ where parents and children can sit and colour pictures, as well as a custom-built Pineapple iPad bar where customers can use the i-Pads and check out Nickelodeon apps.
Meanwhile, the fit out of a vast 150,000 sq ft new flagship Marks & Spencer store – at the heart of one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects in Longbridge – is making good progress. The two–storey unit, which will be the Midlands’ largest M&S store, is being fitted out by main contractors McLaughlin & Harvey.
Store Manager, Mark Fruin, said:
“Round about Christmas 2015, there’ll be 150,000 sq. ft. more M&S in Longbridge than there was before! This will be a regional centre, and it’ll have all the features you’d expect.”
And finally, as one of the top five specialist retail designers in the UK, with a prestigious client list including world-leading brands, rpa:group principally design national and international major stores and their environments in all retail sectors. The practice boasts an impressive client list of top brand names – including the likes of Adidas, Samsung, Footlocker, Holiday Inn and Calvin Klein – and is responsible for projects which simply speak for themselves. In this issue, we speak to Nigel Collett CEO of rpa:group to find out a little bit more about some of the practice’s projects, including Dunhill and Tommy Hilfiger.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape the retail sector.