Next store opening in Northampton’s Grosvenor Centre in October

Next is coming to the Grosvenor Centre in October
Next is coming to the Grosvenor Centre in October

Next will be moving into the former House of Fraser unit in Northampton’s Grosvenor Centre in October, it has been announced.

Signs have been put up outside the large vacant unit, which covers two floors of the shopping centre, and has been empty since the department store closed in March.

Next, which will be moving from its current location in Market Walk, is set to fill part of the ground floor of the site, which also includes the former Miss Selfridge unit, in October.

No opening date has yet been announced for when Primark – who will also take up a large proportion of the House of Fraser site – will move in to the Grosvenor Centre.

A spokesman for Grosvenor Centre owners, Legal & General, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Next to the Grosvenor Centre later this year. Its large new store will take a significant proportion of the prime space vacated in March.”

The new Primark will be three times larger than the existing store in Abington Street, while Next will occupy a 16,500 sq ft space on the ground floor of the Grosvenor Centre on a 15-year lease.

Legal and General said in December that the deal showed both Primark and Next wanted to “commit for the long term”.

Legal & General also said last year that Primark and Next would not take over all of the floor space left by House of Fraser as there would still be space left over for “one small store”.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Sainsbury’s store in the Grosvenor Centre said the closure of the Greyfriar’s bus station had not had a negative impact on the footfall in the supermarket.

The spokesman said footfall had remained “stable” since the old bus station shut as the alternative forms of entry to the supermarket had been “well communicated” inside the Grosvenor Centre. The spokesman said the supermarket chain had no plans to leave the centre.