Children’s department store Kids Cavern is Queensberry’s first major retail signing as part of its vision to revamp Liverpool’s Metquarter.
The new 15,000 sq ft shop promises designer clothing brands including Armani Juniors and Kenzo Kids alongside a soda bar, iPad stations and ‘chillout areas’ for parents.
The independent retailer for children’s clothing and shoes, which was established in 1989, plans to open the branch in the city in September across one level of the shopping centre.
Stuart Harris, commercial director and co-founder of Queensberry, which is looking to reposition and refurbish the Metquarter, says: “Kids Cavern is exactly the kind of retailer we want for Metquarter, it will complement our other tenants and bring a host of quality brands in an environment that will provide a unique customer experience.
“This is another important step in moving towards our vision of revitalising and repositioning Metquarter as a premium shopping and leisure experience in the heart of Liverpool. We’re currently in negotiation with several other exciting retail and restaurant brands that we’re hoping to reveal over the next few months.”
Kids Quarter will join Everyman Cinemas, which was announced last year as the leisure anchor tenant, in the new-look Metquarter, where it is also envisaged a number of restaurants will occupy the Victoria Street end of the site with a luxury retail offer concentrated on the lower level and at the front of the centre. Brands already located in the complex include MAC, Hugo Boss, Jo Malone, Kurt Geiger and LK Bennett.
Queensberry received planning permission last year for changes to the building, and work began in January with Simons Group appointed as the contractor.
The developer, which has carried out regeneration schemes at other UK retail and leisure destinations including The Corn Exchange in Manchester, aims to create job opportunities, boost the regional economy and attract investment into Liverpool through the project.