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Fashion store Select to open in Eastgate Street next week

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Select will open next week

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A NEW fashion store is moving into one of Gloucester’s largest and most expensive retail units.

Select Fashion are fitting out their new store in the former Republic shop, on Eastgate Street, which went into administration in 2013.

The unit has been empty ever since and a recent report into the empty units across Gloucester city centre revealed that it was one of the largest units and highest leases out of them all.

Select, a fashion store that converts catwalk trends into effortless high street outfits at affordable prices, is set to open next week in the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

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The fashion chain says it believes that fashion and great value should be ‘at the heart of everything’, bringing a well-known fashion brand to Gloucester’s city centre.

Launched in the early 1980s, Select was bought by Turkish investor Cafer Mahiroglu in 2008 and has focused on becoming one of the high street’s most affordable fashion-forward retailers. This strategy has been hugely successful, with 136 stores now in the UK and ambitious expansion plans in place to open 40 more stores by the end of 2014.

Jason Robinson, centre manager at The Eastgate shopping centre, said: “No matter what you hear on the news about the state of the economy, it’s always encouraging to see a national retailer investing in their business and expanding into new towns and cities.

“We’re excited that Select will open its doors at The Eastgate shopping centre next week, bringing life back into the vacant Republic unit.

“The new store opening is yet another positive news story for the shopping centre and for the city of Gloucester.”

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  • jas37  |  May 08 2014, 9:58PM

    Good news, only spotted the signs in the window today.- Easyas123, why would they be better at the Quays., The Quays is an Outlet Centre, this Shop is well suited for the City Centre- hopefully more will follow along with T K Maxx.- honsllknjlyt- at least your comments are consistent, they rarely make any sense at all.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  May 08 2014, 9:37PM

    I think Gloucester has more women's clothes shops than men's ones?

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 08 2014, 6:08PM

    The Quays is rubbish, the best thing about it is the pictures and The Works. Nothing else there worth going to.

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  • Localgirl75  |  May 08 2014, 5:26PM

    The store has traded successfully for a number of years in smaller towns like Stroud and Chepstow, why would it not get enough trade in Gloucester?

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 08 2014, 4:30PM

    Easyas123, the same could be said of the Quays.... Which has more footfall? The Quays or the Gate Streets? The very reasons you state why it shouldn't open in town, are the very reasons why it should. The Gate Streets ARE the ACTUAL City Centre and shops should be encouraged to open there. This is a positive move and hopefully the first breath of life into reinvigorating the centre of Gloucester and will encourage more shops to open there.

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  • Easyas123  |  May 08 2014, 3:27PM

    Why draw people in the centre if there is nothing there anymore apart from fast food and pound stores? 6 months and it will be closed due to lack of trade!

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 08 2014, 1:34PM

    No Easyas123, it wouldn't. This is just the sort of store that needs to be in the ACTUAL City Centre, not down at the Quays.

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  • Easyas123  |  May 08 2014, 1:16PM

    They would do better in the quays...

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