Work begins on the new Derbion Frasers department store

Work has now begun to have Derbion’s highly anticipated new department store ready to open before Christmas. Frasers will occupy the largest unit in the city’s shopping center previously occupied by Debenhams for over a decade before it closed in Maylast year, much to the chagrin of many buyers.

But less than four months after closing its doors, Frasers Group, headquartered in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, signed a huge deal which also saw the opening of a high-end designer store Flannels on Level 2 at the end of last year. Partner brand Jack Wills will also open a Tier 2 store in early July as the retailer regains a presence in the city center nearly three years after its former Sadler Gate outlet closed.

While Frasers Palisades has been on the rise since last October, construction work had always been planned to begin this summer, and it is now underway. Derbion Center Manager Adam Tamsett recently confirmed that the main Frasers store, complete with beauty salon, will be located on Level 1, with the Sports Direct sportswear store on Level 2. The existing Sports Direct unit on Level 1 will close when Frasers opens.

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In other Derbion news, women’s fashion accessories store Start and Tremayne opened in Level 1 late last month. Toy store Toy Planet opened its new store on Level 1 in late April, which is twice the size of its old outlet on the same floor.

Major British fashion retailer River Island will acquire a larger unit on Tier 2 in July, allowing the brand to offer a greater variety of clothing for women, men and children. Spanning 11,000 square feet, the new outlet will be more than 30% larger than its previous store on the same floor, which closed Friday, May 20 to accommodate the move.

British retail giant Next will invest “significant investment” in its store as a revamp begins in June, with improvements due to be completed by mid-August. The store is expected to continue trading during the renovation and have a new entrance as well as improved interior features and lighting once it is complete.