Retail Recap: The important openings and partnerships in September 2022
September saw an influx of store openings nationwide, with few permanent retail closures. However, a number of brands and retailers experienced a temporary halt to operations this month, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
News about UK economy continued to dominate during September, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development saying it has downgraded its current annual projection for the UK economy due to “declining real incomes and disruptions in energy markets”.
This comes after the pound plunged to an all-time low against the US dollar amid hammered market confidence in the Government’s economic plans after the Chancellor unveiled the biggest tax cuts in 50 years.
Looking ahead, the cost of living crisis is expected to spell a challenging run-up to Christmas for retailers, with month-to-month overall UK footfall forecasted to decline in September, October and November.
Here is a list of the stores that announced their openings this month, as well as a number of partnerships from brands including Boohoo, Joules and Barbour.
Shaftesbury announced the opening of the first visible recycling unit on Carnaby Street. The space, named Are You Mad, serves as both a plastic sorting facility and a retail store. The store collects plastic waste from local businesses, shoppers and their growing community, which is then sorted, shredded, and turned into new objects, including the build of the shop itself.
Ted Baker signed for a new 2,500 sq ft store at Merry Hill shopping centre in the West Midlands, set to open later this year. The new store will stock the brand’s full range of womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories, and will be located on the upper level of the shopping centre, between luxury jewellers Goldsmiths and Beaverbrooks.
Esprit announced its comeback to the UK market with the launch of a new flagships in London, scheduled to open before the end of 2022. The new "hub", which combines both retail and research under the brand's Esprit Futura concept, allows customers to interact with in-person apparel, online experiences, "immersion into the Esprit universe" and other engagement experiences.
Jigsaw opened a new store in Cheltenham in a Grade II building that has remained empty for four years. The store is based at 62/64 The Promenade, Cheltenham and was formerly occupied by Austin Reed and covers 1,356 sq ft. It has been designed by AMD Architects and hopes to offer a "true boutique feel".
Following recent openings in Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin, the Armani Group continues to reinforce the A|X Armani Exchange presence in Europe with a third sales point in London, located at 129 Regent Street. The space extends over an area of 290 square metres and is distributed across two levels connected by a spiral staircase.
H&M opened a new concept store at Lakeside shopping centre, offering consumers a reimagined "welcoming, modern and meaningful shopping experience". The redeveloped location is described by H&M as "a country leading store for the brand". Customers visiting the new store will notice a warmer, more welcoming interior and relaxed environment, with a lower volume of products displayed.
Global fashion brand Stradivarius opened a new store at Liverpool ONE, making it the fourth Inditex-owned brand to open at the city centre complex. The expansive 8,000 sq ft flagship store is located on South John Street, adjacent to Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka.
Jules B opened a two-storey 3,270 sq ft womenswear store in Harrogate. The opening marks the fifth Jules B store, as the retailer currently has the original separate womenswear and menswear stores in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as well as separate womenswear and menswear stores in Kendal, Cumbria.
US workwear brand Dickies, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, announced the opening of its first ever-ever European standalone flagship store at 35 Carnaby Street in London on 1 October 2022. The new store will carry both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.
Luxury fashion retailer END. opened its new 14,000 sq ft flagship store at St. Mary’s Gate in Manchester. Occupying two-storeys of premium retail space, the retailer’s fourth flagship boasts triple-height ceilings and premium marble features.
Jigsaw opened of a new permanent store at St. Pancras International station. The Victorian Grade 1 listed store features exposed brick arches and is located on the ground floor of the station, adjacent to the Fortnum and Mason store.
River Island opened the doors of its new 11,000 sq ft retail concept, River Studios, at the Derbion shopping centre. The store offers a fresh take on River Island’s identity, which presents the all-new River Studios brand mark combined with an elevated visual approach across womenswear, menswear and childrenswear.
Fitness apparel brand Gymshark announced it would open its new Regent Street store on 1 October 2022. However, the brand has since delayed the opening until 29 October due to "mitigating circumstances".
JD Sports confirmed it will more than double its presence in Bullring & Grand Central, opening a new 27,500 sq ft store on the lower level in Summer 2023. The larger store will stock a wider range of products covering footwear, fashion, and accessories.
Fashion retailer COS chose St James Quarter for its first Edinburgh store. Spanning 7,483 sq ft, the new COS store joins the flurry of fashion, food and beverage signings including H&M Group's leading brand H&M.
Athleisure brand Gym+Coffee announced the relocation and upsize of its store at Belfast shopping centre Victoria Square. The new 3,000 sq ft space is situated on the lower ground level and will continue to stock the brand’s range of athleisure wear.
Battersea Power Station announced that it will open its doors to the public for the first time in history from Friday 14th October 2022. The London landmark’s opening date was announced in front of the Power Station by a group of newspaper boys and girls dressed in 1930s attire, in a nod to when Battersea Power Station first started generating electricity back in 1933.
The Ragged Priest opened a new 975 sq ft flagship store in Seven Dials, becoming the fashion brand’s largest location to date. The new store on 45 Neal Street provides a revitalised space designed using salvaged and recycled materials, including a 200-year-old church floor and reimagined Eko-ply fixtures made from recycled plastic.
HUGO launched a collaboration capsule collection with Italian denim specialist Replay, with a TikTok “social-first campaign”. Bringing together a mix of classic and trend-driven denim styles with easy-to-wear jersey pieces, HUGO x Replay presents clean and simple silhouettes “designed to be interpreted by the wearer to reflect their personal style”.
Queer Eye's Tan France launched his first ever UK womenswear collaboration with George at Asda, featuring a 37-piece edit of "style shortcuts". Standout pieces include a bold puppytooth co-ord, a midnight-hued midi dress, neon knitwear, tracksuits and a selection of statement casualwear.
Sockshop, the sock and hosiery retailer, announced the launch of three brand new additions to the Sockshop Pride Collection and a campaign in partnership with the team at LGBT Foundation. 20% of each sale is donated to LGBT Foundation to support the work they do within the LGBTQ+ Community.
Heritage British brand Barbour revisited its relationship with UK bicycle maker Brompton on a second collaboration collection of men’s and women’s jackets, t-shirts, bags and a special edition bike, following on from the first coming together in 2017.
Threadology owned brand and online suiting retailer Twisted Tailor launched a new limited edition capsule tailoring collection with August McGregor, which is jointly owned by Irish professional mixed martial artist Conor McGregor.
Kidswear Collective announced a partnership expansion with Selfridges. The pre-loved baby and kids luxury platform first opened as a three-month pop-up in the kidswear department at Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street in March 2020 and has now opened in two further stores in Birmingham and Manchester, Trafford.
Joules announced the launch of its resale platform, the newest phase of its partnership with clothing platform Reskinned, as part of its ‘Joules ReWear’ programme. The launch coincided with the start of Oxfam’s Second-Hand September campaign, which encourages people to buy only second-hand items for 30 days in the month of September.
British fashion label Studio Nicholson teamed up with Zara for a capsule collection of deconstructed menswear classics, offering its signature modular wardrobe to a broader audience.
Castore added Oracle Red Bull Racing to its roster of motorsport partnerships. The long-term partnership will see Castore supply the Oracle Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team with apparel from the start of the 2023 Formula 1 season, as well as product for fans.
Polarn O. Pyret, the premium kidswear retailer, launched a resale service, PO.P Second Hand, with the support of Clipper Logistics. The service offers customers the opportunity to trade-in their pre-owned items, wherever they purchased them, thanks to a website plug-in developed in partnership with Tern Eco.
Italian designer fashion house Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. signed a multi-year license partnership with Swinger International to produce its younger Just Cavalli ready-to-wear collections, accessories and footwear for men and women, for a SS23 relaunch.
eBay announced a new partnership with Reskinned, a sustainable preloved clothing repair and resale specialists, to expand its offering of preloved items and reduce fashion waste.
Boohoo announced a collaboration with Kourtney Kardashian Barker to release two sustainability-focused capsule collections. Available exclusively on Boohoo, the collection features 41 styles made with recycled polyester and recycled cotton, as well as two vintage biker jackets.
Puma teamed up with luxury German fashion house MCM on a three-drop basketball-inspired sneakers release. The two brands previously worked together in 2018 to release a special edition of Puma’s ‘Suede’. However, Puma said this time “the teamwork is even more ambitious”.
Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with British designer Richard Quinn on a new 40-piece limited edition capsule. The collection combines Hilfiger's American classics with the Quinn's signature aesthetics of exaggerated silhouettes and bold patterns.
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