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Suit Direct and Lovisa to open at Glasgow's Braehead Shopping Centre

Jeremy Lim
27 June 2022

Menswear retailer Suit Direct and jewellery retailer Lovisa are to open new stores at the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow, owned by property company SGS.

Suit Direct has signed on for a 3,500 sq ft store, will open its doors in July, whilst Lovisa is set to open sometime this summer in a 780 sq ft unit, selling its range of on-trend accessories.

Lids, the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, which sells fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel, has also signed on a 1,000 sq ft space, as the brand pushes ahead on plans to increase its international presence. The store is set to open in this summer.

In addition, Fashion and home furnishings retailer, Laura Ashley, also opened a new section in Braehead’s Next Home store, selling a range of furniture and homeware products. The brand has taken over 2,500 sq ft of space and the offer is the first for any Next store in Scotland.

The news follows a string of leasing announcements over recent months, including the addition of a new Flannels store this month and a H&M store, which opened in May.

Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, said: “It is set to be a busy few weeks at the centre, with a great selection of brands opening their doors for the first time, providing our visitors with something new to enjoy. These signings will significantly bolster our overall offer and keep our retail line-up compelling – driving spend and continued post-pandemic recovery.

“The news attests to continued confidence in bricks and mortar stores. As Scotland’s premier retail and leisure destination, space at Braehead remains in high demand amongst brands. Our prime location – close to Glasgow - and excellent transport links means guaranteed footfall and a high-quality tenant mix.”

Mark Cotter, CEO of Baird Group, owners of SD by Suit Direct, added: “We’re delighted to be opening our new store in Braehead. Our vision is to be the go-to destination for contemporary and inspiring menswear brands. With this new store, we as a brand are aiming to help fill the void in affordable and stylish menswear left by the unfortunate closure of other high street and shopping centre stores over the past 18 months and we are extremely excited for the future of the brand."

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