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Windsor Smith to open first WA store

National retailer to open in Hay St Mall next month.

National fashion footwear brand Windsor Smith is set to open its doors to customers in the Hay Street Mall before Christmas, in a move that will herald the retailer’s first store in Western Australia.

The retailer has begun fitout works on the 119sq m tenancy at 660 Hay Street Mall, formerly home to Vodafone, after signing off on a lease brokered by Colliers International Manager Retail Leasing and Sales Ben Tana.

One of Australia’s leading footwear brands, Windsor Smith is stocked by a number of retailers across the country – but while there are a total of 17 Windsor Smith-branded retail stores in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the Hay Street Mall store will be the first to bear the company’s name in WA.

Mr Tana said the retailer had been looking for premises in Perth for some time.

“They had been looking for the right opportunity for their entry to the Perth market, so they were very happy to secure a prime position on the Hay Street Mall,” he said.

The retailer was in the process of recruiting staff and fitting out the new store, and expected to open its doors next month.

Windsor Smith has signed a five-year lease over the premises.

At the western end of the Murray Street Mall, a new lease to the Australian arm of global mobile telecommunications giant Vodafone will see the company open a ‘hero store’ in the busy retail hub.

Vodafone has signed a seven-year lease over the 177sq m tenancy that was previously home to Cotton On at 255 Murray Street Mall, and is expected to open its doors this month.

The lease was also negotiated by Mr Tana, who said the continued level of interest and activity in the city’s core retail precinct demonstrated the demand for a presence in the CBD was not just limited to the global brands.

“There’s obviously been considerable interest and publicity surrounding the likes of Zara and Topshop, both of which have now opened, and the range of other international fashion and retail names that continue to circle the Perth market,” he said.

“However, these two deals also illustrate the fact that local and national retailers continue to be very keen on securing the right foothold in the CBD – so the activity is covering the full spectrum of retail tenants, which is great news for the market and a real vote of confidence in Perth as a retail destination.” 
 

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