FOOT Locker is to open a store in Sunderland.
The chain, inspired by American sportswear, will move into a 3,216 sq ft unit in Walworth Way South, The Bridges, this summer.
“This is fantastic news,” said Gerald Jennings, of Bridges owner Land Securities.
“Foot Locker has a wide appeal and the store’s opening is another great example of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our high street offer in the scheme.
“More importantly, Foot Locker is not only new to The Bridges, but new to Sunderland.
“To welcome such a popular brand into the centre is a huge achievement and testament to the growing profile of the centre.”
Tim Cincotta, of Foot Locker Europe, said: “We’re delighted that Foot Locker will be opening at The Bridges, the first of its kind on Sunderland’s high street.
“In our commitment to providing our customers with the latest sneakers and apparel to keep them ahead of the game, we’re confident that the locals will enjoy our diverse range of brands and take advantage of the pieces that are exclusive to Foot Locker.
“We look forward to welcoming a brand new sneaker community in the North East.”
Mr Jennings added: “We work hard to create the right retail mix within the centre and to ensure that we have a diverse mix of leading high street retailers such as Superdry, Debenhams, JD Sport, Topshop, Lush, Next, H&M and Caffe Nero all under one roof – and we will continue to work hand in hand with retailers to strengthen the diversity of stores for our shoppers.
“Since 2012 we’ve had several retailers open in the centre, including international brands such as Krispy Kreme and Superdry.
“We will continue to work hand in hand with retailers to strengthen the diversity of stores for our shoppers.
“This is a great success for The Bridges and for the city of Sunderland.”
He added: “We are continually working to improve the retail offer at the centre and are committed to creating a better shopping environment and an attractive destination for the 20million annual visitors.
“Sunderland is the biggest city between Leeds and Edinburgh, and we continue to invest in the scheme and the city as a whole to ensure the scheme sits alongside Metro Centre and Eldon Square, in Newcastle, as a major retail location in the North East.”