Spanning two floors, Nike’s first store in Manchester will fill the last remaining space in the former Topshop unit and will be home to its digitally focused Nike Rise concept, which has the aim of empowering athletes to turn playing sports into a daily habit supported by digital services.
Nike’s arrival in central Manchester will cater for the city’s love of sports and follows the arrival of fellow well-known fashion brands Sports Direct, Hollister, Gilly Hicks, and Tommy Jeans, enhancing Manchester Arndale’s reputation as a leading fashion destination in the North West.
“It is testament to the popularity of Manchester Arndale that Nike has selected the center for its first Rise store in Manchester. The city is home to two of the world’s most famous sports team and Nike’s arrival will be a great attraction for sport lovers across Manchester and the North West”, comments Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual.
“The letting to Nike also means that the entire space vacated by Topshop has now been filled, following the lettings to Clarks and Gilly Hicks last year. This justifies the Manchester Arndale team’s decision to split the space and create three new high-quality units in a prime location. These three arrivals to this space also demonstrate the confidence popular retail brands have in Manchester Arndale and how it continues to attract shoppers from the North West and beyond.”
Manchester Arndale is one of the UK’s largest city center shopping malls, welcoming over 42 million visitors in an average year. It boasts an impressive line-up of more than 200 shops and restaurants, including international, national, and local brands.