House of Fraser re-fits into thecentre:mk mix

Published: Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

thecentre:mk
News release
June 2011

House of Fraser re-fits into thecentre:mk mix
 
Today thecentre:mk announce that its anchor store, House of Fraser,  will undergo a complete refurbishment due to complete in the Autumn. House of Fraser will be subject to a £4.5 million investment, which will create a premium shopping environment. The existing store will be significantly upgraded, boasting, a light filled and contemporary retail environment, which will enhance shoppers’ experience and reflect House of Fraser’s reputation as a premium department store.

As part of the refit guests to thecentre:mk can expect the arrival of a home department, as well as the introduction of ‘world of shoes’ and ‘world of accessories’; concepts that have proved hugely popular in House of Fraser’s flagship stores. In addition, thecentre:mk working with House of Fraser, have submitted plans to create a double-height glass fronted entrance to the store on Sunset Walk which will transform the building’s identity within the shopping centre and reflect the department store’s premium status.  
Robert Hall centre director at thecentre:mk, enthused: “We are thrilled to announce this latest enhancement with House of Fraser, they are one of our key stores and ultimately the refurbishment will increase their shopper experience at a time when competitive visual aesthetic is key for retailers. We look forward to working with House of Fraser throughout their refurbishment and hope that any guest disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Steve Bluff, general manager at House of Fraser, said:  “This is the first major refurbishment since the store opened.  The refurbishment, combined with the introduction of major new brands, will offer our existing customers an enhanced shopping experience as well as attracting new customers to the centre.  We believe this significant multi million pound investment shows confidence in the store, the shopping centre and in the region. It really will be a fantastic department store in which the local community in and around Milton Keynes will feel proud of.”

It is part of thecentre:mk’s long term strategy to revitalise the shopping offer within the centre, whilst respecting the important features of the Listed Building, so as to provide the best shopping experience to  guests at thecentre:mk.

Work is already underway at House of Fraser and will be phased over the next three months to enable House of Fraser to trade as normal. The store is to re-launch in October 2011. For further information on the House of Fraser development visit www.thecentremk.com

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thecentre:mk is a regional shopping centre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes. With over 240 stores, cafes and restaurants all under one roof, it is anchored by John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer and Next. thecentre:mk is the premier shopping destination in the region between London and Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford, and is unrivalled in its customer service. Included in the overall proposition are civic spaces and events venues; City Square and Middleton Hall which offer a varied programme of free events throughout the year, including bridal shows, fashion events, motor shows and the award winning Christmas display. thecentre:mk came within the top 20 in the Sunday Times Green Companies 2010 , it is a founder member of the National Skills Academy for retail and has Investors in People Accreditation.