• B&M, Choice Discount, Peacocks & Bonmarché to open doors
  • New stores situated in a prime location in former John Lewis unit
  • Demand for space at the centre remains strong

Atria Watford, one of the UK’s most popular retail and leisure destinations, owned by property company SGS and asset managed by Global Mutual in conjunction with Savills as property managers, is pleased to announce that B&M is opening its first store at the centre later this year. Choice Discount, and Peacocks and Bonmarché in a combined store, are also set to open their doors in the second half the year.

All the units are located in the former John Lewis building, joining Dunelm (33,000 sq ft), in its first shopping centre location, and Poundland (14,500 sq ft).

The new B&M store, which will provide c. 21,000 sq ft of retail space, is situated on the lower mall level. It will stock B&M’s range of top-brand groceries at the best possible price, including a range of food, drink, and pet food. There will also be a fantastic selection of quality health and beauty products, homeware, electricals, DIY essentials, toys, games, gifts and plenty more to explore.

Choice Discount’s new store will span 5,000 sq ft and has been signed on 10-year lease. The store will offer a huge range of brands and designer products at lower prices, across womenswear, menswear, kidswear and accessories.

The Peacocks and Bonmarché combined store will cover 10,000 sq ft and will be home to both brands’ value clothing and accessories. The unit has also been signed on a 10-year lease.

Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, commented: “We are pleased to kick start 2024 by welcoming a host of new names to Atria Watford, including our first ever B&M store. These new additions will increase choice for our visitors – bringing quality at affordable prices.

It’s great to see new brands coming to the centre and the revitalisation of the former John Lewis unit is indicative of increased confidence across the sector. We look forward to the store openings later this year.”

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