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Published:  17 February, 2015

Ernest Jones latest brand to upsize in Southampton

Hammerson has signed a deal with Ernest Jones is to upsize at WestQuay, Southampton’s flagship regional shopping centre. Its 3,200-sq ft store, located on WestQuay’s upper level adjacent to brands such as Steamer Trading and Jack Wills, is due to open in March 2015.

Ernest Jones is the latest in a number of brands to upsize at WestQuay or select the store for a new regional flagship. In the last 12 months, Fat Face relocated into a larger store and Jack Wills opened its second full-line non-High Street store, joining Cath Kidston, White Stuff, Superdry, Boux Avenue, Timberland and Pravins. WestQuay’s dining offer has also been enhanced following the arrival of handmade burger Co.

Sarah Mander, assistant director, retail leasing, at Hammerson, said: “Ernest Jones’ decision to upsize their store reflects how strong the sector performs at WestQuay. It is also indicative of the centre’s overall performance, which continues to go from strength-to-strength. This is generating significant demand from leading brands, both those with experience of WestQuay seeking to upsize, and new entrants.”

CBRE acted for WestQuay.