House of Fraser moves to Rushden Lakes 15 months after closure of Northampton store

House of Fraser will be the third of the three anchor stores at Rushden Lakes, joining M&S and H&M
House of Fraser will be the third of the three anchor stores at Rushden Lakes, joining M&S and H&M

House of Fraser is set to be part of the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development, 15 months after it closed its Northampton store.

Council leaders in the south of he county warned that Rushden Lakes would have a negative effect on retail in Northampton during a planning inquiry last year.

Now the department store, which ended the lease early at its Grosvenor Centre department store in March 2014, is anticipated to be one of the anchor stores at the major shopping and leisure complex on the former Skew Bridge site at Rushden.

It will join M&S and H&M as the third big name for the scheme. Primark and Next now occupy house of Fraser’s vacated Grosvenor Centre unit.

House of Fraser is named in documents submitted to East Northamptonshire Council by LXB, the developer behind Rushden Lakes, applying for minor alterations to the original plans. The changes relate to floorspace for the unit the retailer wants to occupy.

The planning document states: “A key driver for the proposed amendments is to meet the requirements of House of Fraser who will occupy anchor unit C1.”

It comes 12 months after the Secretary of State granted permission for Rushden Lakes to go ahead and follows House of Fraser closing its Northampton branch in March 2014.

Once complete, Rushden Lakes is expected to attract more than three million visitors annually.