Popular brands M&S and Next are lined up to be the two anchor tenants at Unity Walk – Realis Estates’ new retail-led scheme, which it is planning to develop on the site of the East West Centre and the Old Bus Station.
M&S’ new 50,000 sq ft Clothing & Home and Food store would be the focal point at the southern end of the scheme and immediately adjacent to the new car park allowing easy access for shoppers using the Foodhall.
Rob Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S said “We’re always thinking about how we can deliver great service for our customers. Our proposed new store will help us deliver the very best of M&S from the heart of the new development”.
Fashion retailer Next would provide a gateway to the scheme from the City Centre in a new 26,000 sq ft split-level store opposite Parliament Row.
Realis is now working to secure operators for the 14 other units at the 370,000 sq ft development, which range from 1,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft
Duncan Mathieson, Managing Director of Realis Estates said: “To have our two anchor tenants in place is a fantastic result. Both are relocating from other parts of the City Centre to modern stores at Unity Walk, which will allow them to continue to provide the goods and services the people of Stoke-on-Trent know and love.
“We are now working hard to let the rest of the scheme and are in discussions with a range of operators many of which don’t currently have a presence in the city.”