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House of Fraser opens first sustainable store

House of Fraser has opened its first sustainable store at the Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure complex in Northamptonshire.

The 64,000 sq ft store, which cost £12m to build, is the first House of Fraser to open in the UK in nine years, and its first in an out-of-town retail development.

The shop houses 17 womenswear brands, 20 menswear, 20 fashion accessories, 17 beauty and 10 kidswear. There is a champagne bar and restaurant on the first floor, and a Café Nero on the ground floor.

The store is part of the new £140m Rushden Lakes complex in Northamptonshire, which is being funded by The Crown Estate. The first phase of its development was unveiled on 28 July, and the second phase is expected to open in 2019.

Rushden Lakes is surrounded by 200 acres of wetlands, managed by The Wildlife Trust. It brings shopping and eating together with outdoor actives such as canoeing.

The interior of House of Fraser is designed to complement its surroundings. It includes a “living wall” of plants, to improve air quality.

The store meets the BREEAM certification for sustainability, which looks at how a building maximises the resources at its disposal, including energy and water.

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