Oxford’s Westgate shopping centre is seeking high street and premium retailers to move in ahead of its reopening in autumn 2017.
The site is undergoing a £440m redevelopment, which will see it roughly double in size to 800,000 sq ft. It is a joint venture between Land Securities, which owns Trinity Leeds, and The Crown Estate, which owns several stores on Regent Street and in St James in London.
The centre has pre-let 28% of the 100 units to retailers including John Lewis, Next, Primark and H&M. It will be split across two levels with more premium stores including Michael Kors, Hugo Boss and Whistles on the upper level and high street and international stores on the ground floor.
“We want the best of British brands, but we also want more boutique and international retailers,” explained Naomi Howard, leasing director at Land Securities.
“The next phase is attracting those London-centric retailers you wouldn’t expect to see outside of central London. Oxford has a wealthy catchment area and strong tourism as well as a close proximity to London so retailers are interested.”
She said US retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret have enquired about the centre, however, she declined to say if either has signed a deal.