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H&M begins work on 40,000 sq ft flagship in Kent

H&M is to upsize its store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, creating a 40,000 sq ft flagship for the southeast of England.

Commercial property company Land Securities is building over Bluewater’s central service yard to extend the upper floor and mezzanine, adding 15,000 sq ft overall. The new floor is due to open in November 2016.

H&M will continue to trade womenswear from the ground floor while the works are carried out.

It has also taken a unit on Bluewater’s lower Thames Walk, adjacent to House of Fraser, as a short-term menswear store.

This is the latest in a series of upsizes at Bluewater. Next spent 10 months extending its two-storey store on Thames Walk by 7,000 sq ft to just more than 44,000 sq ft last year, reopening it in October, while Topshop’s 30,000 sq ft store on the upper Rose Gallery opened in October 2013 following a 18,000 sq ft extension.

CBRE and Time Retail Partners acted for Bluewater. H&M was unrepresented.

Earlier this month H&M announced it will open a flagship store in Langley Court, Covent Garden, London this autumn.



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