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Whitefriars Shopping Centre in Canterbury celebrates trio of deals

Canterbury Whitefriars

TH Real Estate has announced a trio of lettings at Whitefriars Shopping Centre. Popular high street brands, Smiggle, Seasalt and independent restaurant Happy Samurai, are to join the line up as TH Real Estate continues to strengthen the retail and leisure mix at the centre.

Australian chain Smiggle, which sells stationery and related accessories, will take a 622 sq ft (58 sq m) space on Marlowe Arcade alongside Costa and Swarovski. The brand now has a worldwide presence with 46 stores across the UK. Smiggle will take the unit on a 10-year lease.

Joining Smiggle is beach-inspired clothing and homeware retailer, Seasalt. Founded in 1981 in Penzance, the brand has secured a 1,312 sq ft (122 sq m) space on a 10-year lease.

Bolstering the food and beverage offer, Happy Samurai, a new independent Japanese-inspired restaurant, will also open at the centre, taking 1,044 sq ft (97 sq m) of space on Marlowe Arcade.

The news follows White Stuff which opened a store at the end of last year. The centre, which is anchored by Fenwick and M&S, boasts 80 stores including a 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m) Primark and attracts approximately 13 million visitors.

Spanning 600,000 sq ft (55,740 sq m), Whitefriars Shopping Centre is a dominant regional retail destination in Canterbury which fully integrates with the City Centre.

Lunson Mitchenall and MMX Retail are the joint leasing agents for Whitefriars Shopping Centrey. Harper Dennis Hobbs acted for Smiggle and Insight Retail acted for Seasalt. Happy Samuri were unrepresented.

Chris Parfitt, Director of Shopping Centres, TH Real Estate, commented: "These recent lettings at Whitefriars are testament to the increasingly aspirational and diverse brands we are seeing at the centre. The occupiers will expand the current tenant mix and lend themselves to the centre’s high-reaching catchment area. Last month, we saw footfall rise by 9.6% and are eager to continue attracting both high street and independent brands alike."


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