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Rebecca Wayman

Japanese fashion brand bags major retail space at Angel Central

Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO has signed as an anchor tenant for a proposed new development at Angel Central.

The new store, which is around 15,500 sq ft, is set to launch later this year.

Angel Central is currently being transformed with an £11m investment, as part of an overall masterplan to improve the offer and positioning of the shopping centre.

The redevelopment has been designed to bolster the shopping centre’s retail options, and will feature new food and beverage outlets, health, fitness and leisure operators.

CBRE Global Investors and CWM acted for Angel Central in the deal, while CBRE represented UNIQLO.

Laura Wilson-Brown, head of asset management UK at CBRE Global Investors, said: “We are thrilled to announce this international fashion brand joining Angel Central as the new anchor tenant.

“UNIQLO has firmly established itself as a leader in the retail marketplace and they will be a very popular addition to the scheme for our customers and the local community.

“We look forward to continuing to welcome other dynamic retail, restaurant and leisure tenants, alongside UNIQLO, to a revitalised Angel Central.”

As part of this redevelopment, a bespoke unit was created for UNIQLO, opposite H&M. UNIQLO opened its first official store in 1984, and now has over 1,000 stores worldwide.

Take Morikawa, CEO at UNIQLO EU, added: “It’s a privilege to be opening at North London’s most popular retail and leisure destination, with such a strong footfall and an exciting refurbishment, Angel Central is a very attractive location.

“We look forward to launching our new store and offering new and existing customers our LifeWear range.”

In addition, CBRE Global Investors has acquired 14 and 16 Upper Street for a total of £6.7m, as part of the future strategy for the scheme. In addition, international stationary specialist Typo, recently launched at Angel Central as part of its UK expansion plans.

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