H&M to open big new fashion store at Monks Cross, York

H&M to open big new fashion store at Monks Cross, York

H&M is soon to open in the former Blacks premises at Monks Cross shopping park, Huntington

The H&M store in Spurriergate, York

First published in Business Exclusive by

FASHION giant H&M is to open a massive new store in York, The Press can reveal.

Work is under way to extend a mezzanine floor at the former Blacks premises at Monks Cross Shopping Park in time for a spring/summer opening.

About 20 new jobs will be created at the 13,000 sq ft store.

It is another indication that big name retailers are seeing York as the ideal city in which to invest their way out of the economic downturn.

The news comes in the wake of the opening of a new Debenhams at Monks Cross last October; as well as planning clearance for supermarket giant Tesco to open a new store on the site of the former Old Orleans Bar in Low Ousegate; and determined efforts by Waitrose to open a new supermarket in Foss Islands Road.

H&M already has a branch in Spurriergate, York, and it is understood this will continue. The new store will bring to 40 the number of people it employs in the city.

Experts at H&M have eyed the possibility of moving into Monks Cross for some time, but until now there have been no units large enough.

But the 13,000 sq ft premises has become available because Blacks outdoor clothing retailer has vacated it to downsize to a slightly smaller shop a few yards away alongside the new Debenhams – a building which once housed PC World before it moved to Clifton Moor. All the staff will be moving over to the new Blacks for an opening next week.

The Evans cycle shop which was located within Blacks, has now moved to a separate home of its own next to American Golf in the nearby retail estate at Jockey Lane, Huntington.

H&M, owned by Swedish company Hennes & Mauritz, specialises in fashion and accessories for women as well as catering for men and children. It has about 2,000 stores in 35 markets and employs more than 74,000 people.

An H&M spokeswoman said that in spite of the tough economic climate, expansion in the UK and Ireland was continuing.

She said: “An H&M store should always be in the best business location and we feel that Monks Cross is a great place to expand our presence in York." Katherine Sharp, manager of the Monks Cross Shopping Park, said: “We are pleased with this latest musical chairs because everyone wins.

“It illustrates the big demand for spaces here, with some chains queuing for the rare vacancies.

“In spite of the freezing weather which affected retailers everywhere, the opening of Debenhams in October helped us to record a seven per cent increase in the number of cars visiting us over the winter.”

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11:35am Tue 9 Feb 10

arthur fowler will return says...

Thank God it's not Tesco going in there.
Thank God it's not Tesco going in there. arthur fowler will return
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11:51am Tue 9 Feb 10

nobodyknowswhoiam says...

can you imagine Tesco, Saino's and asda all together?..yuk
can you imagine Tesco, Saino's and asda all together?..yuk nobodyknowswhoiam
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12:33pm Tue 9 Feb 10

Henry Swanson says...

ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark???
ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark??? Henry Swanson
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12:39pm Tue 9 Feb 10

TooRad says...

I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves...
I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves... TooRad
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12:47pm Tue 9 Feb 10

Ghost of Oscar Deutsch says...

Henry Swanson wrote:
ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark???
Nah..Yorks biggest £ shop surely?!?!
Just think the site of all those shell suited patrons spoiling the view for the tourists, partaking in their tea and scones in Betty's tea room :¬)

Ay up Nick..
[quote][p][bold]Henry Swanson[/bold] wrote: ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark???[/p][/quote]Nah..Yorks biggest £ shop surely?!?! Just think the site of all those shell suited patrons spoiling the view for the tourists, partaking in their tea and scones in Betty's tea room :¬) Ay up Nick.. Ghost of Oscar Deutsch
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1:10pm Tue 9 Feb 10

arthur fowler will return says...

Henry Swanson wrote:
ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark???
Reckon it will be a charity shop or an Indian restaurant.
[quote][p][bold]Henry Swanson[/bold] wrote: ANyone else think Borders would be ideal for a Primark???[/p][/quote]Reckon it will be a charity shop or an Indian restaurant. arthur fowler will return
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2:42pm Tue 9 Feb 10

idlehousewife says...

Coach park would be better - ideal for Betty's!
Coach park would be better - ideal for Betty's! idlehousewife
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2:54pm Tue 9 Feb 10

iamwellcool says...

TooRad wrote:
I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves...
Borders would make a mint nightclub. if i had the money i would definatley invest in it! Great location, lot's of spaces. masses of potential!
[quote][p][bold]TooRad[/bold] wrote: I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves...[/p][/quote]Borders would make a mint nightclub. if i had the money i would definatley invest in it! Great location, lot's of spaces. masses of potential! iamwellcool
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5:04pm Tue 9 Feb 10

Garrowby Turnoff says...

“It illustrates the big demand for spaces here, with some chains queuing for the rare vacancies.

Now't much for blokes though... I'm yawning just thinking about the time I'll spend sitting in yet another clothes store waiting for Mrs Turnoff as she's trying stuff on. Thank goodness for my i-phone.
[quote]“It illustrates the big demand for spaces here, with some chains queuing for the rare vacancies. [/quote] Now't much for blokes though... I'm yawning just thinking about the time I'll spend sitting in yet another clothes store waiting for Mrs Turnoff as she's trying stuff on. Thank goodness for my i-phone. Garrowby Turnoff
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5:27pm Tue 9 Feb 10

sayithowitis says...

we need a primark in york!
we need a primark in york! sayithowitis
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6:43pm Tue 9 Feb 10

TooRad says...

iamwellcool wrote:
TooRad wrote:
I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves...
Borders would make a mint nightclub. if i had the money i would definatley invest in it! Great location, lot's of spaces. masses of potential!
Oo-er no! I didn't mean a nightclub!
[quote][p][bold]iamwellcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TooRad[/bold] wrote: I think Borders would be ideal for squatting, or some illegal raves...[/p][/quote]Borders would make a mint nightclub. if i had the money i would definatley invest in it! Great location, lot's of spaces. masses of potential![/p][/quote]Oo-er no! I didn't mean a nightclub! TooRad
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10:47pm Tue 9 Feb 10

Rhino's Wellies says...

Right.... that's one empty shop sorted...now how about Old Orleans (poss Tesco), Boots, the old travel agents on Ouse Bridge, The White Swan Hotel
Right.... that's one empty shop sorted...now how about Old Orleans (poss Tesco), Boots, the old travel agents on Ouse Bridge, The White Swan Hotel Rhino's Wellies
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12:44am Wed 10 Feb 10

yorkguy says...

York needs a primark really hoped blacks would become one but maybe in time they will find the right location in york!!
York needs a primark really hoped blacks would become one but maybe in time they will find the right location in york!! yorkguy
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8:10am Wed 10 Feb 10

idlehousewife says...

What is Primark please?
What is Primark please? idlehousewife
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1:10pm Wed 10 Feb 10

Ghost of Oscar Deutsch says...

idlehousewife wrote:
What is Primark please?
It's a modern day phenomenon where you can get your whole years wardrobe for a fiver..
Women worship there apparently...
[quote][p][bold]idlehousewife[/bold] wrote: What is Primark please?[/p][/quote]It's a modern day phenomenon where you can get your whole years wardrobe for a fiver.. Women worship there apparently... Ghost of Oscar Deutsch
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7:23pm Wed 10 Feb 10

idlehousewife says...

Thank you for that - my husband will be delighted to see Primark in York!
Thank you for that - my husband will be delighted to see Primark in York! idlehousewife
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8:54pm Wed 10 Feb 10

angry mam says...

I was hoping that Blacks was going to be a Primark. We don't need another H&M. We also don't need 2 Newlooks in town and 1 at Monks Cross. I do also think we need some mens clothes shops in York.
I was hoping that Blacks was going to be a Primark. We don't need another H&M. We also don't need 2 Newlooks in town and 1 at Monks Cross. I do also think we need some mens clothes shops in York. angry mam
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8:41pm Thu 11 Feb 10

justathought? says...

idlehousewife wrote:
What is Primark please?
is this serious? doesnt everyone know about primark?!
[quote][p][bold]idlehousewife[/bold] wrote: What is Primark please?[/p][/quote]is this serious? doesnt everyone know about primark?! justathought?
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