intu Victoria Centre has issued a statement following today’s news that House of Fraser will close its Nottingham store in the new year.
Nigel Wheatley, general manager for intu Victoria Centre, said:
“We have been advised today that the House of Fraser at intu Victoria Centre will be closing next year as part of their national stores review. We have had a number of meetings with Sports Direct to try to agree on terms. While we cannot discuss the detail, we have been unable to reach an agreement.
“There’s a lot going on at the centre and our plans mean that we have a number of exciting new brands either now open or currently in negotiations to take their first stores at intu Victoria Centre, whilst others are looking at their existing stores to make sure they are making the most of their presence in the centre. We’re sure that this investment will create new jobs.
“We also believe there is a real opportunity to reuse this space for new and exciting alternatives. We have a strong track record of doing just that with the great success of Nottingham Street Food Club and Meetspace VR, which opened last month and have some great ideas on the table including other big retail brands but also non-traditional shopping centre uses.
“Our teams continually look at options that will create the right mix of retail and leisure to meet the needs of our customers, giving them a great experience and even more reasons to smile.”