British Land announces six new signings and upsizes as refurbishment moves into its next phase at Meadowhall

British Land announces six new signings and upsizes as refurbishment moves into its next phase at Meadowhall

LONDON, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall, Yorkshire’s premier shopping destination, has announced six new signings and upsizes totalling over 85,000 sq ft as the £60 million refurbishment moves into its next phase.

  • Primark is to extend its existing unit by 21,000 sq ft, creating a 95,500 sq ft flagship store. The increase in size is being facilitated by a move into the former BHS unit.
  • Sports Direct has leased the remainder of the former BHS unit increasing its presence to 44,000 sq ft. Works are already underway to create the larger stores for both brands, with the new regional flagships due to launch this autumn.
  • Family value homewares and household goods retailer, Wilko, will move into the 14,500 sq ft former Sports Direct store in early 2018.
  • Following the success of the schuh store, a new 2,850 sq ft schuh kids specialist store will be opening next door on Meadowhall’s High Street. Launching in April, the store will take the brand’s total presence to almost 9,000 sq ft.
  • Outdoor clothing retailer Timberland, is launching a new look 1,950 sq ft store on Meadowhall’s High Street in April.
  • Second Cup is to open one of its first UK flagship coffee shops on Meadowhall’s Arcade. The 1,560 sq ft café will open later this month as the brand’s ‘black label’ site for the UK, featuring the company’s latest interior design concept.

These signings coincide with the next stage of Meadowhall’s refurbishment. After completion of The Arcade, work is shifting to Meadowhall’s Gallery, High Street and Park Lane, where each mall will be given a different look and feel, using high quality materials, increasing natural light, and improving sightlines. The £60m refurbishment completes at the end of the year and is the most significant investment in the centre since it opened.

Commenting on the news, Richard Crowther, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “With the refurbishment gathering pace, more and more brands are seeking to locate their leading stores at Meadowhall. For many, this means expanding their existing presence, allowing them to stock their full product range and benefit from the placemaking activities British Land brings to all its retail centres.

“These signings are ahead of previous rents, complement the refurbishment and reaffirm Meadowhall’s reputation as the leading shopping destination in the region. This is a very exciting time for the centre.”

Tom Meager, Group Director of Property at Primark, added: “The chance to create a larger store at Meadowhall was one we could not miss. We will open our new store at Meadowhall just as British Land completes the bulk of its refurbishment, so the timing could not be better.”

The latest signings and upsizes follow recent openings by Nespresso, Hawes & Curtis, T2, The Entertainer, Barburrito, Coffika, and Pret A Manger, along with new larger stores for JD Sports and Virgin Holidays.

CBRE, Smith Young and Davis Coffer Lyons acted for Meadowhall. Central Retail, Rawstron Johnson and BNP Paribas represented Primark, Sports Direct and Wilko respectively. Harper Dennis Hobbs and CBRE acted for schuh kids and Timberland. Space Retail acted for Second Cup.


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About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality UK commercial property, focused on Retail and London Offices and Residential. We own or manage total assets of £19.0 billion (British Land share is £13.9 billion) as valued at 30 September 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups.

Our strategy is to create Places People Prefer. It is based on long term trends and creates a portfolio suited to current and future needs which are aligned to modern lifestyles. We employ our placemaking skills, and increasingly our mixed-use expertise to expand the appeal to a broader range of occupiers and drive long term performance.

Retail accounts for 49% of our portfolio. We create outstanding places for modern consumer lifestyles, places to shop, eat and be entertained. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of Retail and Leisure space across regional and local multi-let destinations, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the Retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Office and Residential accounts for 49% of our portfolio. It comprises 7.6 million sq ft of well-connected office-led campuses and ‘campus-lite’ clusters of high quality buildings. Office campuses include Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate (50% share) in the City. Other assets include York House, 10 Portman Square and Marble Arch House and our residential assets are at Clarges Mayfair, The Hempel Collection and Aldgate Place.

Two per cent of our portfolio is at Canada Water – a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline to create a new mixed-use urban centre for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places become part of their local communities and promote health, improve productivity and increase enjoyment. We protect asset value through energy generation and efficiency, materials innovation and flood risk reduction and we develop skills and opportunities to help local people and businesses grow.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over the last five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

SOURCE: British Land

Timberland kicks off its Serv-a-palooza season of community service

STRATHAM, N.H., 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland kicks off its Serv-a-palooza season of community service with 50 planned service events around the globe, reinforcing the brand’s longstanding commitment to protect and restore the outdoors and support the communities where it does business. Highlighting the season will be the completion and reveal of a transformational urban greening project in New York City. Timberland® retail stores across the U.S. will also participate in Serv-a-palooza service events within their local communities.

“At Timberland we strive to be Earthkeepers in everything we do. That means protecting the outdoors and serving the communities around the world where our consumers and employees live, work and explore,” said Colleen Vien, sustainability director at Timberland. “These service events are a testament to that commitment, and to the passion our employees have for making things better. From restoring urban green spaces to helping community organizations achieve their goals, we’re proud to pull on our boots and make a difference. Service is truly a way of life at Timberland.”

To kick off the Serv-a-palooza season, today (September 7, 2016), more than 50 volunteers from Timberland’s Stratham-New Hampshire-based retail team will participate in a day of service at the Seacoast Science Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This is one of many service projects being hosted by Timberland® retail stores across the U.S. throughout the month of September.

On September 8, Timberland will unveil the completed urban greening project at the United We Stand Garden in the Mott Haven neighborhood of South Bronx in New York City. Timberland and other volunteers have spent the summer revitalizing the 32,000-sq.-ft space, and will join together with partners from local non-profit GrowNYC to complete the project and officially open the transformed garden to the community. The event will commemorate 9/11; something Timberland has done every year since 2001 when employees were volunteering at a Bronx elementary school when tragedy struck. The United We Stand Garden is also the first project resulting from Timberland’s commitment to double its footprint in five U.S. cities by 2020. Each year, the brand will choose a different city with a Timberland® store and match its retail floor space with the creation or restoration of an equivalent amount of green space in that city. In 2017, Timberland employees and partners will pull on their boots in Philadelphia as the second community to be supported by Timberland’s urban greening commitment.

Finally, Timberland employees worldwide – from New Hampshire to Tokyo to Milan – will celebrate the brand’s 19th annual Serv-a-palooza initiative in September and October. 1,500 employees and partners are expected to volunteer at some 50 events in 15 countries – contributing an estimated 10,000 total hours of service. On September 15 alone, Timberland’s headquarters will close and more than 350 employees, local students, partners and community members will serve at seven locations in New Hampshire and Maine. All of these projects build upon Timberland’s Path of Service™ program, which was created in 1992 and offers employees up to 40 paid hours each year to volunteer in the community.

Examples of Timberland service activities taking place as part of this year’s Serv-a-palooza event include:

·      China: Plant trees and educate primary school children on how to protect the environment

·      United Kingdom: Park clean-up at the historic Chirk Castle

·      Vietnam: Renovate, repair and repaint a local kindergarden

·      France: Support park activities and urban greening projects with local youth to encourage engagement in the outdoors

·      New Hampshire: Improve grounds and deliver care packages to residents of the Manchester VA

To learn more about Timberland’s commitments to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors and support communities around the globe, visit

About Timberland
Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – to make things better in terms of its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), please visit or follow us along the modern trail @timberland.

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Timberland kicks off its Serv-a-palooza season of community service
Timberland kicks off its Serv-a-palooza season of community service


Source: Timberland