Two international retailers, a North East favourite and a seasonal special pop-up shop are the latest new arrivals at Sunderland's Bridges shopping centre.
Leading Australian stationery company Smiggle will open in the centre on October 14, as part of the company’s continued expansion plan in the UK.
The Sunderland branch will be Smiggle’s 81st UK store and will create eight jobs in the city centre, with plans to open with a range of special offers and giveaways.
Managing director John Cheston said the company was 'thrilled' to be opening in Sunderland.
"There really is nothing like Smiggle anywhere else on the high street – and it will be great to see the public’s reaction when the doors open," he said.
"It’s important for us to inject fun into everything we do – from product design to store design, we will always focus on delivering to our fans the most original and playful stationery possible.
"We look forward to welcoming families in our store who know of the brand and are excited for our arrival, as well as introducing the colourful world of Smiggle to new fans in the area.”
The Bridges has also revealed that cosmetics company KIKO Milano will be opening a store in the centre opposite NEXT, North East bakers Milligans is opening a new outlet in the Bridges at Market Square, near the Halifax, and national brand Halloween HQ will be setting up a pop-up store outside River Island from October 3, running until Halloween and offering a huge range of accessories, wigs and props.
Bridges centre director Andy Bradley said the new retailers were good news: "The retail offering in Sunderland is going from strength to strength and we’re delighted that these very strong – and very different- brands are now making the city centre their home," he said.
"In the past year we've seen a number of major high street names set up in the Bridges and this number continues to grow.
"Not only is that good news for shoppers but it also gives confidence to the businesses investing in the city that we are a vibrant place with lots to offer."