A planning application has been submitted to develop a dual format Next store in Hull, designed as one of a limited number of new concept stores that will bring the retail giant’s fashion and lifestyle ranges under one roof to enhance customer experience.
The three-storey showcase development at Kingswood Retail Park will feature clothing and homeware departments, a first floor café and an adjoining garden centre, along with 280 car parking spaces.
Replacing and upgrading the existing Next store, it will increase customer choice, introducing new product lines and displaying the full range of bulky home and garden goods for the first time in Kingswood.
If approved, the development promises a boost for the local economy. It is set to create up to 220 jobs and will offer apprenticeship schemes for school leavers and training contracts for young people under the age of 25. Plans also include substantial improvements to the road network around Runnymede roundabout and upgraded access routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
The location and design of the new store have been carefully planned to allow for the future expansion of the retail park without the need to relocate or modify the new store.
Hull City Council has welcomed initial proposals. Ward councillor Danny Brown commented: “This is going to be one of the biggest home and garden centres in the vicinity. It will bring people from all over to the area and from an employment perspective it is fantastic news.”
Corstorphine + Wright has been appointed to design and develop the building by Next Retail Limited.
Paul Hughes, director at Corstorphine + Wright, said: “Next is well-established as a market leading brand in fashion retail, but it has become equally renowned for its homeware and lifestyle products. It now needs new buildings that can showcase the full extent of its offer and provide a more cohesive and convenient customer experience.
“The design for the Kingswood store reflects the strong look and feel of the Next brand, using the highest quality materials and finishes, and creates a enjoyable retail space for customers. The large panels of full height glazing maximise views into and out of the store and flood the rooms with daylight. There is also a new landscaped seating area with street furniture, sculptures and a water feature.
“We know that there is extensive local support for this scheme and we are looking forward to beginning work on site. If planning is approved, we hope to open the doors of the new showcase store for Christmas 2017.”
A spokesperson for Next added: “We’re very excited at the prospect of the new dual format store in Kingswood, Hull. It will bring a new shopping concept to the area that is only in several other locations nationwide.
“If the plans are approved this will give our customers everything Next has to offer under one roof.”