Cruyff Opens First-Ever UK Store at Manchester Arndale

  • The clothing brand has opted to open its first UK store in Manchester, following its success in Europe
  • The brand, created by football icon Johan Cruyff, will occupy 2,000 sq ft in Cromford Court, Manchester Arndale

M&G Real Estate and intu, joint owners of Manchester Arndale, have announced Cruyff, the lifestyle and shoe brand, will open its first UK store in the centre, occupying a 2,000 sq ft unit. It will join the centre’s exciting mix of fashion, retail, and leisure brands.

Cruyff was created by iconic Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff in 1979. He had a vision to design and create a new type of footwear for footballers, which would challenge products already on the market. He partnered with close friend and designer, Emilio Lazzarini, and by the early 1980s his footwear was worn on football pitches across his native Holland. The brand continued to evolve, and in 1988 the Dutch Olympic team wore Cruyff tracksuits. Since then the brand has stretched beyond creating sporting footwear and has become a clothing and lifestyle brand.

The brand, which prides itself on making people more confident, powerful and alive, will launch its first UK store at Manchester Arndale in Autumn. It will offer its latest line of footwear for men and women.

Colin Flinn, regional managing director at intu, said on behalf of the joint owners:

“Manchester is a vibrant city and we want the centre to reflect its character. We’re thrilled to welcome Cruyff –the brand’s choice to open its first-ever UK store at the centre is testament to Manchester’s position at the forefront of UK urban culture, sport and fashion, as well as the continued popularity of Manchester Arndale.

“Cruyff has an interesting and personal history, which will appeal to our visitors. The city is known for its famous football roots and this brand has the potential to be hugely successful in Manchester. This is a great addition to the centre.

“We want to ensure the centre remains an exciting, fun and safe place for all of our customers to visit time and again. We are confident that our unique proposition will continue to offer our tenants and customers something that they can’t get anywhere else.”

A spokesperson from Cruyff, said:
“Manchester is the perfect place for us to open our first UK store. It is a vibrant and exciting city with a rich heritage – it has everything the brand represents”

Manchester Arndale sits at the very heart of the city and we’re pleased to be joining a line-up of great brands”. 

Manchester Arndale is one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping malls, welcoming over 42 million visitors per year. It already boasts an impressive line-up of more than 200 shops and restaurants, including national, international and local brands.

Manchester Arndale is owned jointly by M&G Real Estate and intu. The retained agents are Time Retail Partners and Metis Real Estate Advisors.

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