Next plots multimillion pound flagship West Midlands store

Next is to invest in a multi-million pound state-of-the-art new store at Intu’s Merry Hill shopping complex in the West Midlands.

The project will see a former Sainsbury’s supermarket within the centre converted into a 75,680 square foot store, which will be one of Next’s biggest in the UK. It is scheduled to open next spring.

The shopping centre is undergoing a huge transformation programme at the moment that has also seen Topshop and River Island increase the size of their stores in recent months.

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Nick Round, regional director at Intu, said: “We will be working closely with Next to build a fantastic space for what will be one of their biggest UK stores.

“Next’s significant investment at Intu Merry Hill reflects our own long-term commitment to the centre and the confidence that exists in it as a destination where brands can really flourish. Our plans are to attract even more great brands and create compelling experiences for customers across the West Midlands.”

At 1.4 million square feet and just 10 miles from Birmingham, Intu Merry Hill is already a major shopping and leisure destination for the West Midlands, attracting 22 million visitors a year.

A spokesperson for Next said: “We’re excited to have secured this fantastic space within the prime retail destination of Intu Merry Hill as the site of our next West Midlands store.”

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