• H&M to open 27,000 sq ft store on two levels in Poole in former BHS unit
  • JD and Smiggle also join the line up at the Dolphin Shopping Centre
  • Leases signed for the largest covered shopping centre in Dorset

H&M has signed up to join the refresh of the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. The Swedish fashion retailer will take the former BHS unit at the largest covered shopping centre in Dorset occupying 27,000 sq ft over two levels.

Covering some 530,000 sq ft, the Dolphin Shopping Centre has annual footfall of 11m and features over 100 retail, restaurant and leisure brands from independent boutiques to top national names. It is anchored by Marks & Spencer, Primark and Beales department store, as well as popular brands such as River Island, New Look, Next, Boots, Clarks and Pandora. Legal & General bought the scheme in 2013 and has embarked on an 18-month improvement programme that will be completed at the end of 2018.

More new stores are heading to the Dolphin Shopping Centre

JD and Smiggle have also signed new 10 year leases at the centre. JD, the UK’s leading trainer and sports fashion retailer, has taken a 6,120 sq ft unit and Smiggle, creators of fun, fashion-forward stationery, will open a new 560 sq ft store. These deals follow the recent announced signing of German shoe retailer Deichmann and the upsizing and lease extention by fashion brand New Look.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “Attracting top brands to the centre is really important to secure its position as a significant attraction on the south coast for tourists and residents alike. Combined with the improvement works, we’re determined to significantly improve the facilities to appeal to all our customers.”

Legal & General recently reached agreement with the Borough of Poole in June to restructure the existing headlease arrangements into a single, longer lease unlocking a £26 million programme of investment. The improvement programme will focus on an internal mall refresh,  improvements to the open-air Falkland Square and Kingland Crescent – including work to the public realm and eye-catching shop facades, in addition to a redevelopment of the former Argos building to create a new nine-screen Empire cinema with four restaurants.

Joint leasing agents for the Dolphin Shopping Centre are Colliers International and Lunson Mitchenall. Architect for the improvement programme is TP Bennett.