The opening of Bradford’s new £260 million shopping centre has moved a step closer, with the build and construction phase of all retailer units now completed and handed over for fit out.
With less than 50 days to go until the doors of The Broadway Bradford are opened to shoppers for the first time, retailers across the centre including anchor tenants, M&S and Debenhams, are now on site working on the store interiors ready for opening on 5 November.
The Broadway is more than 80% let with leading department and fashion stores, including anchors Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, and high street fashion favourites Superdry, H&M, Next, Topshop, Topman, New Look, Schuh and River Island. At 570,000 sq ft, The Broadway will be the largest UK retail centre to open in 2015 and will create 2,500 new retail jobs.
Myf Ryan, Westfield director of Marketing, said: “Today marks a significant step forwards for The Broadway as we handover the units to our retailers.
“It’s a busy but exciting time at the centre at the moment and our new retailers will be hard at work putting the finishing touches to their stores ready for opening day. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Bradford community through our doors on November 5.”
Steve King, M&S Bradford store manager, said: “It’s great to finally be able to put our own stamp on our new store at The Broadway and really make it our own. M&S Bradford will provide local customers with a great new shopping experience and we look forward to unveiling the details of our new local offer and welcoming customers into the store.”
Vijay Pradhan, Subway store manager, said: “It’s an exciting time for Bradford and we’re really looking forward to getting into our unit and getting ready for opening on the 5 November.”
Craig Baldock, Debenhams store manager, said: “We’re really excited to show customers what we’ve been working so hard on in the store. We’re looking forward to bringing lots of exciting new designer brands to Bradford and hope people can join us on opening day to celebrate.”
Bradford Council Leader, Coun David Green, said: “The excitement is mounting as it really isn’t long now to the grand opening on November 5 and it’s good to hear that the retailers are now fitting out their stores and preparing for the big day.
“Since it is the largest retail centre to open in the UK this year, I think everyone is very much looking forward to seeing what the Broadway development looks like inside.”