Debenhams plans to open a new store in a proposed £150 million extension to Fosse Park, an out-of-town shopping centre in Leicester.

The department store chain will set up shop at one of the main units at the planned Castle Acres development, reports the Leicester Mercury.

The 544,500ft2 extension is yet to be approved by Blaby District Council, as planners are still considering concerns the complex could trigger the flight of customers and major stores from Leicester city centre.

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But Debenhams, along with Next and TK Maxx have said they are committed to keeping their city centre stores.

Debenhams’ director of property Robert Hadfield has recently written to planners at Blaby council to make assurances its Castle Acres store would not be a threat to the one it operates in Leciester’s Highcross shopping centre.

The British Council of Shopping Centres revealed last week that footfall was up at shopping centres and retail parks across the UK during July.

Footfall at UK shopping centres was up by 4.1% with both in and out-of-town shopping centres seeing increases on June of 3.4 and 2.3% respectively.

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