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Topshop/ Topman to Complete Regent Arcade’s High Street Development

After months of speculation, owner of the Regent Arcade Canada Life and multi-national retailing giant the Arcadia Group are delighted to announce that Topshop/ Topman is to open a new store in the large retail unit (MSU) currently under construction in the Regent Arcade, Cheltenham.

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The new store will occupy approximately 13,500 square feet across two floors and bring the Topman brand to the town centre. It will be considerably bigger than Topshop’s current High Street location just a few doors down from the Regent Arcade.

Construction work began on 3 August and the new store is expected to open in late summer 2016. Regent Arcade will remain fully open throughout with minimal disruption to shoppers as most of the work will be going on behind the scenes.

Said Scott Lahive, centre manager at the Regent Arcade: “It’s great to finally be able to confirm the identity of the retailer taking this major new store! Rumours have been abounding for months as to who it might be, and I am sure shoppers will welcome the news that it’s Topshop with the addition of Topman.

“The existing Topshop is really too small for a town the size of Cheltenham and devotees have had to travel elsewhere to be able to enjoy the full range of exciting fashion that the brand is famous for. Now it will be right on their doorstep.”

The development is the third phase of owner Canada Life’s plans to refurbish the Regent Arcade which opened in 1985. The unit replaces the High Street facing shop fronts previously occupied by Old Guys Rule, EE and Burger King and will extend as far back as Tiger.

Two years ago work was completed on the Regent Arcade’s stylish new Bath stone façade which included two large retail units now let to fashion giants H & M and River Island.

The arcade continues to attract top quality retailers. Last year national lingerie brand Bravissimo opened in the Arcade followed by Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s this May. Just last month Western Computer, Apple’s leading premium re-seller opened on the ground floor adding yet another world famous brand to the arcade’s mix.

More high profile lettings are expected to be announced by the end of the year.

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