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Starbucks head for Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:37 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 July 2010

America's Starbuck's coffee shop and rapidly expanding fashion and homewares chain QS are the latest top brands adding to the shopping mix at Great Yarmouth's Market Gates.

America's Starbuck's coffee shop and rapidly expanding fashion and homewares chain QS are the latest top brands adding to the shopping mix at Great Yarmouth's Market Gates.

After a decade in the UK the world famous coffee shop continues to enjoy popularity and to open new stores - the latest of which will be on the right hand corner as you enter the new £16m extension.

A 10 year lease has been signed by Starbucks on a unit of 1,325 sq ft (123 m²), which shows great confidence in the town centre, manager Nick Spencer said, adding: “We're excited about Starbucks coming to the centre to increase choice and provide a quality service for our shoppers. The addition of Debenhams and New Look's expansion will create a great new shopping experience for everyone.”

The four-storey extension will add three large stores including Debenhams and an expanded New Look, along with a street level store for Iceland and eight smaller units. Work started on July 17 last year and all units are expected to be trading by Christmas 2008.

QS, which has 205 stores nationwide, is taking on the vacant Mothercare store. According to the company website QS offers value and quality clothing for all the family and is actively searching for a manager for the Yarmouth store. It says: “QS is moving forward rapidly with a new store design programme and an impressive expansion plan.”

A spokesman confirmed QS was moving into the unit, but said planning was still at an early stage with managers as yet undecided about whether it would focus on fashion or home lines.

Meanwhile Savills has been appointed on a three year contract to manage the 1970's built shopping centre on behalf of joint clients Centenary Asset Management and Miller Developments.

Sam Shores, director of Savills, says: “We are very much looking forward to working with Centenary Asset Management and Miller Developments to deliver their goals and objectives for the scheme, which with its current redevelopment and expansion, is going from strength to strength. The instruction is a further boost for Savills' expanding national retail management offer.”

Linda Black, director of Centenary Asset Management, said Savills would be involved in the day to day issues like cleaning and security.

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