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Louis Vuitton to miss Westfield London launch

Louis Vuitton is among a raft of luxury retailers that will miss the opening of Westfield London, the new shopping centre in White City, on Thursday.

The Westfield London shopping centre on the four acre site in West London has lined up a raft of luxury retailers for its 270,000 sq ft Luxury Village area, including Prada, Gucci and Dior.

However, it is understood that as many as half of the shops in the Village, including the anchor Louis Vuitton store, will not have finished their shopfits in time for the launch of the centre later this week.

A spokeswoman for Westfield confirmed that Louis Vuitton, the village's flagship retailer, would not be ready for the launch, and could not give a date for when the store would open. She declined to confirm an exact figure of how many luxury retailers would open in the Village.

She said: "Many of the retailers have complicated store fits that take time to put in place."

Louis Vuitton told Drapers that they had no date for the opening yet but confirmed that the store would still open.

The failure to open is a blow for the scheme - the signing of Louis Vuitton was a coup for developers Westfield, who usually insist that schemes open with all stores trading.

Westfield London is also extending its opening hours to 11pm in the run up to Christmas. It will open to 10pm from launch and to 11pm from the middle of December to capitalise on the Christmas shopping rush.

Westfield London will be anchored by House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Next and Debenhams and will house 265 stores in total.

For more Westfield London news visit Drapers' Westfield London homepage

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