River Island to open at Barons Quay


River Island is the latest retailer to join the Barons Quay line-up, after exchanging contracts with Cheshire West and Chester Council recently.

The company will provide a significant fashion offer from its 8,700 sq ft store in the development – sitting alongside existing brands ASDA, Odeon, H&M, The Entertainer, Sports Direct and Wildwood.

Regional operator The Coffee House will also be joining them later this year.

The news will be a welcome relief to Cheshire West and Chester Council, which owns the development, as they’ve continued to struggle to fill the retail premises at Barons Quay.

The council suffered an additional significant setback earlier this year after retailer M&S announced the closure of its flagship store in Northwich.

Work on the unit will commence imminently, however no firm opening date has yet been agreed. Work is being timed to ensure that the store can maximise pre-Christmas trade.

CWAC cabinet member for regeneration and growth, Cllr Richard Beacham said: “I am delighted to be able to share this news.

“River Island is an extremely well established fashion brand who I know will be welcomed to Northwich by local residents.”

He added: “We will continue to work hard to attract new tenants to Barons Quay and hope to potentially have more great news to share in the very near future.

“This is yet another step along the journey towards Northwich becoming a retail, leisure and cultural destination in the heart of mid-Cheshire.”

Head of property at River Island, John Sigler commented: “We are delighted to be opening River Island in Barons Quay.

“We are looking forward to showcasing more of our products in a new store and location, enabling us to create the best shopping experience possible for new and existing customers.”