River Island to open new store in Washington

The Galleries shopping centre at Washington
The Galleries shopping centre at Washington
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Fashion chain River Island has announced it is heading to Washington.

The popular High Street brand is due to open at The Galleries Retail Park in September.

Owners of the site, M&G Real Estate, have announced that River Island will make its Washington debut in the former Brantano store after signing a 10-year lease to trade from a 7,500 sq ft unit on the retail park.

The Galleries is already home to a range of high street national brands such as H&M, New Look, Arcadia and Next.

Established more than 60 years ago. River Island has more than 350 shops worldwide.

Will Cotmore, asset manager at M&G Real Estate, said: “We are delighted to welcome another much loved high street brand to The Galleries retail park. River Island has long been seen as a staple of a successful retail centre and their arrival underlines the growing strength of Washington to attract household names.”

Frances Baker, property director at River Island, added: “We believe our new store in The Galleries in Washington will enable locals to experience our stylish, affordable fashion and give us the opportunity to showcase our fantastic online choice. We’re really looking forward to a long-term presence in the town.”