Media & Insights

Big brand names to open at Westgate Oxford in 69,200 sq ft of lettings

23 November 2018

69,200 sq ft of deals mark the culmination of a busy autumn of lettings at Westgate Oxford. Mango, Newbie, Flannels and Urban Outfitters will all open at the centre, ahead of Christmas. Zara opened at the centre yesterday, with a queue forming before the shutters went up.

Zara is the first of the five retailers to open, unveiling a three-storey 39,500 sq ft store. The retailer has doubled the size of its presence in Oxford with its move to Westgate. The store will be offering the latest trends in clothing for men, women and children.

Mango is due to open its 9,700 sq ft store on 29 November. Urban Outfitters is due to open on 6 December, welcoming guests to a 8,800 sq ft store. Newbie will open a 600 sq ft store at the scheme.

Flannels, which specialises in luxury fashion clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women, will open a 10,600 sq ft store in December, which will be located next to Nespresso and Charles Tyrwhitt on the centre’s lower ground floor, where Ted Baker, Mint Velvet and Bobbi Brown are in close proximity.

Carl Tallents, Flannels, said: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce Flannels to Westgate, Oxford. A large, affluent catchment, alongside compelling sustainability credentials and an already fantastic retail offer, meant it was a natural choice for our brand. We look forward to opening our doors in December.”

Gemma Casey, Portfolio Director, Landsec, said: “We’ve always known that our best-in-class, destination retail assets will continue to perform, even in difficult market conditions. The opening of five new brands at Westgate ahead of Christmas highlights the desirability of the scheme and reflects the consistency of high-quality lettings across the Landsec portfolio.”

The deals round off a successful first year for Westgate, which saw 19 million visitors – 4 million ahead of predictions - pass through its doors in its first twelve months of trading. The centre has contributed to an 8.9% rise in city centre footfall year-on-year.

Westgate is a joint venture between Landsec and The Crown Estate.