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Zara and River Island upgrade stores at intu Lakeside

Lauretta Roberts
21 March 2018

Both Zara and River Island are carrying out major expansions of their stores at intu Lakeside as the Essex mall itself undergoes a multi-million-pound transformation.

River Island will be doubling the size of its store to 21,000 sq ft while Zara will treble its store size to 35,000 sq ft making the stores among the largest in the retailers' portfolios.

They are the latest retailers to invest in flagship stores at intu Lakeside since H&M doubled the size of its store to 36,000 sq ft and Next opened an expanded 70,000 sq ft store in Spring 2017. In total, intu Lakeside’s occupiers spent £13m on new stores, refits and refurbishments last year.

The mall operator will embark on a full refurbishment programme at Lakeside this summer to enhance entrances, signs, lighting and seating.  Work is also well underway on a £72m, 175,000 sq ft development for incoming leisure brands like Nickelodeon, Hollywood Bowl and new mini-golf operator Puttshack.

Rebecca Ryman, regional managing director at intu, said: “Zara and River Island’s investment in bigger and better space is a huge vote of confidence for the exciting future of intu Lakeside and this is mirrored by the number of fantastic brands also joining our line-up for the first time.

“Retailers like Zara and River Island have seen great success since opening with us and they clearly recognise the opportunities that lie ahead for intu Lakeside as a major retail and leisure destination.”

As well as the Zara and River Island upgrade, luxury beauty brand Jo Malone has revealed it will be converting its pop-up space into a permanent store.

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