Hamleys Glasgow downsizes

Scottish outpost of the Regent Street store will make way for a mini golf course and move to much smaller premises within the same shopping centre

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 12.11.2019 | Retail

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Hamleys in Glasgow will make way for a mini golf course and move to smaller premises due to “very limited demand”.

The store, which opened in the St Enoch Centre in 2009, will likely move to a new location within the shopping mall with a smaller footprint.

The mini golf course forms part of a wider £40m development to make better use of the space and attract more locals to the St Enoch Centre who no longer visit just to shop.

A nine-screen Vue cineplex and a strip of restaurants are currently being built in the shopping centre’s eastern end – and plans are in place to make additional changes.

A report by Adam McConaghy, planner at the centre’s agent CBRE Ltd, reported by the Evening Times, says the move is a reaction to “very limited demand” for large stores in the city and "very little appeal for conventional retail operators" in the space due to its size and poor location.

Last month the British Retail Consortium found footfall on UK high streets and shopping centres had plummeted by 10 per cent in the past seven years.

Dedicated shopping malls are taking the brunt of diminishing footfall, with visitor numbers down 3.2 per cent in September – a downward trend the BRC says shows no sign of slowing.

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