H&M and Wok&Go are coming to Wolverhampton

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Exciting news for Wolverhampton city centre as H&M and Wok&Go have announced they are to open branches in the city.

H&M are currently fitting out the 31,000 sq ft former Woolworths and Discount UK store in the Mander Centre. The store is set to open on 17th November 2016 and will form part of centre owner, Benson Elliot’s £35 million refurbishment of the Mander Centre which will also include a Debenhams department store.

Peter Cornforth, Director of Retail at Benson Elliot said:

H&M is an inspiring addition to the tenant mix at the Mander Centre and integral to our vision for a well-balanced, high-quality and contemporary customer offer for Wolverhampton’s extensive catchment. This new letting demonstrates the opportunity Mander represents for high-quality brands to join a great and evolving city centre line-up. The H&M Home collection brings a new and exciting interiors concept to the Centre’s existing, vibrant fashion and lifestyle mix, and will be warmly embraced by the Centre’s 17 million plus annual visitors.”

“To have chosen Wolverhampton to showcase its H&M Home collection is great news, not just for the city, but the wider region. The brand is well-placed to benefit from a city centre regeneration
programme in full swing and the completion of our refurbishment next year.”
H&M’s Country Manager UK & IE, Carlos Duarte recently commented:
“The re-development of the Mander Centre created the perfect opportunity for the H&M brand to expand into Wolverhampton. The inclusion of our Homeware range in the offering continues to ensure our stores remain exciting and inspiring fashion destinations for our customers.”
Wolverhampton’s i10 is also looking forward to a new resident. Wok&Go, a noodle bar chain established in 2007, is to fill the remaining two ground floor retail units in the showpiece development situated at Wolverhampton’s public transport interchange. Other residents at i10 since its completion in December 2015 include Greene King’s ‘The Sunbeam’ pub and restaurant, Superdrug and Kaspa’s Desserts with Ovivo, Countryside and Tarmac’s Building Products division taking up the office space above the retail units.
Wolverhampton’s i10 development

Wok&Go Managing Director, Des Pheby, said: “The location of i10 is ideal for us and being next to the bus and train stations will provide good footfall. A lot of investment is being made in Wolverhampton and it seems like a good time to open a branch there.

“We have opened in similar places up and down the country, like Hull, and feel the concept will go down well in the city, particularly with the thousands of students.”

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, added: “The addition of Wok&Go gives us a strong collection of retail and food outlets at i10.

“Their presence enhances the city offering and provides further jobs for the people of Wolverhampton. More than £992 million of investment in the city centre is either on site or in the pipeline and i10 is a shining example what that investment is delivering.”

i10 might soon see a further increase in footfall with the coming of the Metro line extension.

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