Fashion department store returns to Derby after years away

A major British clothing brand is due to return to the city and open a new store in Derbion this spring.

Jack Wills, which sells men’s and women’s fashion, is opening a new store which will be located opposite Zara on level 2 of the mall.

The opening will see the retailer regain a presence in Derby, ending its two-and-a-half-year absence from the city centre.

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The Devon-based brand was previously retailed at Sadler Gate in the Cathedral Quarter from October 2017 until the store was announced to close in August 2019.

The closure came after Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct, now called Frasers Group, bought the company earlier this month.

But now Jack Wills will return to Derby, joining the other Frasers Flannels Group brands to open in Derbion ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of a Frasers department store later this year.

Adam Tamsett, Managing Director of Derbion, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jack Wills to Derbion this year, his unique brand is the perfect complement to the centre’s expanding fashion offering.

“The announcement of the new store follows a series of successful openings at Derbion, including Flannels, Tommy Hilfiger and Mango, and Frasers is expected to arrive at the center later this year.”

Work on the 2,407-square-foot unit’s makeover will begin this month, with the store slated to open in the spring.

A spokeswoman for Derbion added: “The British fashion brand, which offers everything from casual to formalwear, is renowned for its heritage-inspired hoodies, sweatshirts, coats and vests.

“The stylish space will be the first standalone store in the UK to feature an all new look and feel.”

In other Derbion news, longtime skate and streetwear retailer Derby Rollersnakes has extended trading at its pop-up store through next Tuesday (February 8).

Flannels, which stocks designer brands such as Balenciaga, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, opened on Level 2 of the city’s mall in mid-December.

Spanish fashion brand Mango opened its new store on level 2 in mid-November. It offers a range of women’s fashion and accessories, as well as men’s clothing, children’s clothing and homewares.

SD Home of Menswear, stocking formal menswear from a wide range of well-known brands, also opened in November on Level 2.

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