This month, work begins on a 40,000 sq ft extension to McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, which is set to bring the total number of stores to over 170.
Marking the sixth expansion since opening in 1995, the new phase includes an additional 25 premium fashion and food and beverage brands.
Commenting on the development, Kenny Murray, centre manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, says: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet as we embark upon our latest extension to the centre, which will see over £40 million invested in expanding and upgrading facilities over the coming year.
He continues: “Once complete, visitors will be able to enjoy some 40,000 sq ft of premium shopping space and an even greater mix of fashion, lifestyle and restaurant brands.
“While it’s too early to reveal any names, we are committed to expanding the extensive retail offering. In the past two years alone we’ve introduced highly sought-after brands including Cath Kidston, Puma and Karl Lagerfeld.
“We’ve continued to enhance the brand mix following a strong couple of years and this latest phase is the next step in creating an even better shopping experience for our local catchment as well as our short and long haul visitors from Europe and beyond.”
Due to complete in autumn, the extension will include an extra 300 parking spaces for visitors, taking the total number to 3,200.
A year-round community space will be expanded and enhanced, while a new guest welcome centre, Premium Lounge, children’s play area and additional guest toilets will also be delivered.
The new phase is expected to create up to 300 additional jobs and generate further economic benefits for the local area.