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.
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.”