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Cortefiel plans UK stores

Spanish retail giant Cortefiel Group is bringing its lingerie chain Women'Secret to the UK and will also open standalone stores for its young fashion chain Springfield next year.

Cortefiel made its UK debut with its Springfield and Cortefiel concessions in Debenhams stores in London’s Oxford Street and Guildford in Surrey this week. Alex Cara, general manager for the franchise division of Cortefiel, which operates a mixture of company-owned and franchise stores globally, told Drapers it was in discussion with property agents about taking standalone sites for the chains next year.

Women'Secret will go head-to-head with the likes of lingerie specialist La Senza and market leader Marks & Spencer. Springfield competes with H&M.

Cara said: "I am looking at strong malls such as the Arndale Centre in Manchester, MetroCentre in Gateshead and Lakeside in Essex. I am also interested in stores near the M25. We could also look at doing company-owned stores."

Cortefiel has about 970 standalone shops and 345 franchise stores across 37 countries. Its fascias also include womenswear chain Pedro del Hierro and upmarket suiting chain Milano.

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