TJ Hughes to open anchor store at The Mall Maidstone
Capital & Regional announces today that department store chain TJ Hughes is to open a new anchor store at The Mall Maidstone.
The retailer has signed a ten year lease to occupy 32,000 sq ft at the centre with a one level trading area of approximately 28,000 sq ft. Works to create the space are set to commence in March, with the store expected to open in September.
The deal with TJ Hughes completes as Capital & Regional advances their £5 million refurbishment of the Mall Maidstone.
The arrival of TJ Hughes is a huge boost for the The Mall Maidstone, and for the town centre as a whole.Gareth Holland
The refurbishment, due to complete in Summer 2016, includes extensive works to re-model the centre’s main entrances on King Street and Gabriel’s Hill, and the installation of new flooring and a state of the art linear ceiling lighting system throughout the interior. The works to modernise the centre, originally built in 1976, also include a full refurbishment of the toilets and lifts.
Capital & Regional has agreed new leases with ten retailers since the works commenced, with negotiations ongoing for the remaining available space throughout The Mall.
Gareth Holland, Retail Asset Manager at Capital & Regional said: “The arrival of TJ Hughes is a huge boost for the The Mall Maidstone, and for the town centre as a whole. It is also an endorsement of our decision to undertake the refurbishment, and underlines that by creating a modern shopping environment we can attract high calibre retailers.”
Anil Juneja, Managing Director at Lewis Home Retail said: “Maidstone is an attractive location for us, and the Mall provides the type of vibrant, contemporary setting we desire for our TJ Hughes stores. This is the first in our expansion plan in the South and look forward to returning to Maidstone.