Cos and Anthropologie are poised to take units opposite Spitalfields Market in east London, Drapers understands.
The two are thought to have agreed a deal with developer TIAA Henderson Real Estate and gone under offer to take two ground floor shops at the 20-28 Brushfield Street development, which runs alongside the market between Bishopsgate and Commercial Street. Both retailers are yet to formally sign for the space.
Anthropologie is understood to be considering a 6,000 sq ft unit, which includes basement space. It is not known how large the Cos store could be.
If the deals go ahead, they will occupy two of three retail spaces currently on offer.
The scheme is currently under construction and will comprise 9,626 sq ft of ground floor and basement retail space, as part of the wider Steward Building project. It will also include 49,300 sq ft of office space across six upper floors, and is scheduled for completion in the autumn.
TH Real Estate confirmed it was in talks with two retailers but declined to give names. BC Retail – which is acting as agent for the retail units – Cos and Anthropologie all declined to comment.
Cos, which is owned by H&M, made its UK debut in 2007 and has since built up a 15-strong store portfolio. US chain Anthropologie operates five standalone stores in the UK as well as a pop-up at Westfield London, and is stocked by Selfridges. It first opened in the UK on Regent Street in 2009.