Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre has announced three new tenants that will be opening this autumn.
Phones 4u, one of the UK’s largest independent mobile phone retailers on both the high street and online, is to open in the 2,107 sq ft mall unit previously occupied by Panasonic, while two office units are being taken by Aspirations Financial Advice Ltd and Kumon Educational.
The opening of Phones 4u will bring the centre’s retail occupancy back up to 100 per cent around six months after the Panasonic store ceased trading in mysterious circumstances. Back in February, the consumer electronics store closed for a weekend of “stock-taking and refurbishment” but failed to re-open the following Monday, leaving centre management “in the dark” about what was going on.
The new office lettings mean that just one office unit will remain unoccupied within the centre.
Aspirations, a firm of independent financial advisors, and Kumon, the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, are both taking 714 sq ft units. Kumon already has its regional head office at the centre and its new unit is home to the Kumon Bradley Stoke study centre, which previously operated out of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.
Centre Manager Scott Lahive said:
“It is our experience that demand for retail space is very strong here in Bradley Stoke, with the seamless re-letting of this unit recently being an example. We’re also delighted that the office space is nearing 100% occupancy. The Willow Brook Centre continues to enhance the range of services we offer our tenants, including the acclaimed waste management programme, and we’re proud to be enjoying such success in otherwise difficult economic times.”
Related link: Willow Brook Centre – What’s Open, What’s Not
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