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Westfield London shopping center opens £600m expansion

RBR Staff Writer Published 22 March 2018

Westfield London shopping center, a 50:50 joint venture between Westfield and Commerzbank’s subsidiary German Commerz Real, has launched the phase one of its £600m expansion.

The extension opens six months ahead of schedule and is anchored by John Lewis’s new store, which is the company’s 50th shop spanning four levels and 230,000ft².

It marks the beginning of a phased opening of 740,000ft2 expansion, where over90 new shops, cafes, restaurants and leisure outlets will be opened this year.

After completion, Westfield London will be the largest shopping centre in Europe at 2.6 million ft2.

John Lewis managing director Paula Nickolds said: “Our 50th shop demonstrates our latest thinking and we will offer customers something quite different. It’s also where we can build a far more personal relationship with our customers - bringing together the very best of our service with our outstanding Partners."

Besides John Lewis, other fashion retailers to join the expansion include Primark, with a 70,000ft2 store. Chinese brand Urban Revivo opened its  initial store outside Asia along with Boden, Bravissimo, Stradivarius, Frencheye, Emperor and Charles Tyrwhitt.

Other retailers opening stores include Space.NK, Urban Decay, Adidas, H&M, West Elm, Currys PC World, Boots, and The White Company.

A new outdoor events space, Westfield Square, will provide a major focus on dining, entertainment and experience. It will go live in Summer 2018.

The additional stores and restaurants will bring the total number to 450 outlets after completion, with 1,000 further parking spaces being created – totalling 5,500 parking spaces.

Westfield Europe chief operating officer Peter Miller said: “Following the successful opening in 2008, Westfield has been masterplanning this expansion to connect with and stimulate the broader White City regeneration.

“Westfield London has welcomed nearly 250m visitors and generated a 21% rise in footfall over that time. It has also generated over £8.6bn in sales since opening and has introduced a number of UK centre firsts including the first luxury precinct, new hotel concierge services, an expanded dining offer as well as hosting major international events and film premieres. It is now time to build on that success with the opening of the expansion.”

Image: Westfield London launches news expansion. Photo: Courtesy of Westfield Corp.