Major clothes retailer who could take on empty shop in Hinckley’s The Crescent revealed – Leicestershire Live

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A major national clothes retailer could soon open a new shop in Hinckley town centre, relaunching a unit that has been closed for a year and a half.

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has applied to install signs on the front of a unit in The Crescent shopping complex, which was formerly a Select store.

The major chain has some 400 outlets, including one at Dobbies Woodlands Garden Centre, to the north of Stapleton.

It has expanded in recent years, buying out Peacocks in 2012, which has a store in the Britannia Centre in Hinckley.

The group was contacted by LeicestershireLive for comment.

In an introduction page on its company website, the retailer says: “The Edinburgh Woollen Mill is focused on delivering quality products, great value and excellent service levels.

“We are a major national retailer with 400 retail stores ranging from High Street stores, garden centre concessions, tourist stores and larger format destination stores.

“Having control of the product development and supply chain ensures we can deliver the best yarns and fabric which not only fit perfectly but will stand the test of time.

“Our store staff are knowledgeable and provide a helpful personal service.”

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Wards Chartered Surveyors said previously that it was in the process of acquiring the unit, which closed in 2018, on behalf of a national clothing and homeware retailer.

The agent is also handling the lease of 10 The Borough, with the former Coral bookmakers branch set to reopen as a Thai food delivery service, after over 10 years standing empty.

Harry Ward, who manages the commercial agency team at Wards, said previously : “The commercial property market in Hinckley has had a great start to 2020 across all sectors, including industrial, office and retail.

“In terms of retail, despite the nationwide rhetoric regarding the demise of the High Street, Hinckley town centre remains resolute with strong occupancy rates and good interest in the town from a variety of national and independent retailers.”

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Another group soon to take on a unit in The Crescent is Santhi restaurant, offering an array of Indian and Sri Lankan dishes.

Plans for the menu include baltis, venison dishes, an aubergine stir fry, mild and creamy dishes, as well as some vegan options.

Coventry Building Society opened a new branch in The Crescent in late 2019, installing a cash machine to the main walkway.

Vacant units in the shopping centre include the closed Louisianna Chicken restaurant, which shut in June 2018 just four months after it opened.

There is also a former Poundland unit, which has been empty for three years since the discount chain moved next door when it merged with Guess How Much.