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Forever 21 set to land in Scotland

US fast fashion retailer Forever 21 is opening its first store in Scotland next year, as part of a major set of developments by property manager Land Securities.

Forever 21 is taking a store in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, and will open on March 22 alongside GAP and Fat Face, and footwear retailers Sketchers and Office.

Don Chang, chief executive of Forever 21, said: “We are excited about coming to the trendy fashion capital of Scotland and opening one of our largest stores in the UK. This new retail scheme enticed us to enter the Scottish market with a super store that offers the right space in a first-class location.”

Land Securities is also planning a major development of shopping centre Trinity Leeds, also set for March next year.

The one million sq ft retail scheme in Yorkshire is now 84% pre-let or in solicitors’ hands and is set to employ 3,500 people.

The development brings a number of fashion brands to Leeds for the first time, including US lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, young fashion retailer Hollister, Spanish clothing chain Mango, and Superdry.

Land Securities’ head of retail development Lester Hampson added: “Land Securities is bringing an extra two kilometres of retail frontage to the UK market in one day. Our confidence in the success of both the Trinity Leeds and Buchanan Street schemes sends a very clear message to the international market: the UK economy is growing, and is open for business.”

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