Sports store to take over huge old BHS shop at Manchester Arndale

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The move into the flagship unit will double the size of the floor space for the retailer Sports Direct - with Paperchase also on the way.

Sports Direct is to take over the old BHS store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre.

The discount leisure retailer has signed a 15-year lease on the unit and move from its current outlet in the mall - in a move which will see it double its size of store.

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The huge 58,000sq ft shop was home to BHS before the chain collapsed into administration and it closed down in 2016.

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Stationery specialist Paperchase is also set to open a store in the Arndale, it has been confirmed.

It comes off the back of a number of new arrivals at the centre in the last year, including Debenhams.com, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose, Kurt Geiger, Kick Game and Carvela.

Scott Linard, portfolio director at M&G Real Estate, said: “Sports Direct is a key driver of footfall for the centre, as it appeals to Manchester’s love of sport and especially to the younger demographic in the city.

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“This latest letting is set to be the start of an action-packed year for Manchester Arndale as we look forward to growing our diverse mix of tenants to ensure it remains the North West’s premier shopping destination.

“Despite the challenges faced by the retail industry over the past few years, Manchester Arndale has remained resilient throughout the pandemic, completing 25 new leases throughout 2020 and 2021.”

Sports Direct is due to open its new branch later this year.

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