SOVEREIGN CENTROS BRINGS NEW LEISURE HUB TO GLASGOW’S ST. ENOCH SHOPPING CENTRE03rd June 2021
The culmination of 18 months’ development, the £40 million scheme opens its doors on Saturday (5 June) to the public coinciding with further easing of restrictions for the wider retail and hospitality offering in Scotland.
Developed within the confines of the former 90,000 sq ft BHS store, the hub is a fine example of retail repurposing, being anchored by a new state of the art nine-screen Vue cinema and nine restaurants.
Vue have agreed a 20-year lease on their ultimate big screen experience with Sony 4K digital screens, Dolby surround sound and luxury leather seats bringing a new standard of quality to the city centre’s entertainment scene. Adjacent to the cinema, new restaurant lettings have been agreed with Cosmo, Nando’s, Delhi Darbar and Donut King.
A number of other new restaurant and leisure lettings have also been agreed which are in legal process and announcements will be made shortly.
On the lower level of the leisure hub TJ Hughes have signed a new 15-year lease on 40,000 sq ft. Relocating from their existing successful store on Trongate, the new store is currently fitting out and will be open for trade in August.
A spate of other new lettings have also been agreed in adjacent units, including Boom: Battle Bar and Hamleys. While H&M have also recently signed a new 10-year lease on their Argyle Street frontage store.
To complement the new development and linking it with the refurbished food court, a refurbishment programme is underway which will see new lighting, seating and signage. These works will be completed by the end of the summer.
Graeme Jones, Senior Asset Manager at Sovereign Centros, commented: “St. Enoch Centre is a great example of the investment criteria needed for a successful scheme. Location and relevance are both critical. This centre is located in the heart of Glasgow providing tailored experiences for a wide demographic who want to shop, dine, socialise and see the latest movie releases in one location. They can do all this now at St. Enoch Centre.
“The centre is leading Glasgow’s retail recovery and is well regarded as “the destination” within the city and the wider region. The opening of the new Vue cinema and varied leisure offer will bring new experiences to visitors after a difficult year of lockdowns.”
St. Enoch Centre provides 830,000 sq ft of retail space over two levels. It is home to more than 70 successful and innovative retailers and food and beverage operators.