New Topshop boost for Derry

Foyleside Centre manager Fergal Rafferty.

Foyleside Centre manager Fergal Rafferty.

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A brand new Topshop/Topman store will open at Derry’s Foyleside Shopping Centre this Thursday.

The store - which is significantly bigger than its predecessor - will be located on level 3 of the shopping complex.

The new outlet has been specially designed by the fashion firm’s in-house design team to create a “modern shopping environment for the customer.”

The new store is part of an extensive “Evolution” expansion programme of new store openings and re-styles across the country.

Fergal Rafferty, centre manager at Foyleside, says he’s delighted that Topshop/Topman is making such a “huge investment” in Derry.

“This investment is, perhaps, even more significant given the difficult economic climate that retailing is currently enduring,” he said.

“I believe that the new shop fit-out is their latest store format and final preparations are in place for a successful launch this Thursday.”

Foyleside Shopping Centre is currently undergoing some significant changes with footwear retailer, Clarks, also undergoing a refit with a revamped outlet due to open on March 15.

According to Fergal Rafferty, this reflects an overall investment in the scheme of more than £2 million.

He added: “There is also a high level of interest for retailing in the centre from national brands which currently do not have a presence here in the North West.

“Foyleside will endeavour to keep our shoppers informed of all the latest developments.”

Earlier this year, there was speculation that H&M - the fashion retailer which already has more than a dozen stores across Ireland - was eyeing up an outlet at Foyleside.

The Swedish-owned company said it had plans to open 275 new stores this year.