Shopping goldrush as stores move in

Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool
Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool
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Blackpool’s Houndshill shopping centre is bucking the retail trend – by pulling in a host of new names.

Three new outlets are set to open, meaning six new names in total have been launched in the complex in the past three months.

Ilan Goldman

Ilan Goldman

The latest arrivals are clothes store Peacocks, which is returning to the town after its Bank Hey Street outlet closed last year, toiletries specialist Bodycare which is moving from its current site in Church Street, and coffee shop Caffe Nero.

They join Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and accessories store Dazzles. In addition, Blackpool FC has opened a new shop in the Houndshill this month, on a six month trial, to sell its merchandise.

It means only one unit is now vacant in the centre’s main halls.

Ilan Goldman, of Catalyst Capital which owns Houndshill, said: “We are delighted to welcome top national retailer Peacocks back to the town, alongside Bodycare, Mr Simms and Dazzles.

“These fantastic new signings illustrate the confidence retailers have in Houndshill as a destination and add to the already strong tenant line up at the centre.”

Houndshill has seen a surge of lettings in the last two years with Trespass, Duffer, Millies Cookies, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Vision Express and The Fragrance Shop all opening new units.

Jane Norman has also committed to Houndshill for the longer term having agreed an extension to their lease.

Tom Prescott, of letting agent CBRE said: “Houndshill is now Blackpool’s undisputed prime pitch and the new lettings reflect this.

“The strong mix of tenants including Debenhams, Primark, New Look, River Island and H&M coupled with the addition of these new names will ensure that the scheme remains top of a retailer’s shopping list when they seek new space in Blackpool.”

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