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Debenhams expands Westfield Bradford store

Department store Debenhams is increasing the floor space of its future store in Westfield Bradford, extending over three floors instead of two.

The unit will take up 117,000 sq ft in total, up from 100,000 sq ft previously.

Rob Hadfield, property director of Debenhams, said: “The larger format store will provide our shoppers with a greater range of product, improved access from the car park and visual impact of the store.”

Westfield’s director of development Duncan Bower said the expansion demonstrated “the strong interest from retailers to invest in Bradford and capitalise on the trading opportunity this relatively untapped retail market represents”.

The deal follows Westfield’s recent signing of Marks & Spencer as an anchor, with a 63,000 sq ft store, and Next also agreeing to take a 32,000 sq ft unit.

The shopping centre is continuing negotiations with other potential leasing partners to secure the pre-lets before construction begins. The scheme will be showcased to retailers at the BCSC conference in Liverpool.

This is the closest the shopping centre has been to getting off the ground since it first received planning permission in 2003.

However it recently emerged that Westfield, which came on board in 2004, was considering selling the site “in a way which pleases the people of Bradford.”

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