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Andrew J

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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostTue Jul 23, 2019 10:06 am

Well if Zara are relocating let's hope they include a Zara Home in their plans...we certainly could do with it in Cardiff. So many people miss Habitat which traded so successfully from the city eventually opening a flagship store back on the Hayes where it all began for them in Cardiff in the 1970s
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostTue Jul 23, 2019 11:30 am

Andrew J wrote:Well if Zara are relocating let's hope they include a Zara Home in their plans...we certainly could do with it in Cardiff. So many people miss Habitat which traded so successfully from the city eventually opening a flagship store back on the Hayes where it all began for them in Cardiff in the 1970s


I haven't heard anything about Zara Home thus far, however there are a number of suitable sized units from them across the centre. Inditex may also introduce Pull & Bear over the next year, having conducted site visits in the previously occupied DV8 unit.
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostTue Jul 23, 2019 2:33 pm

I understand it's not just the old A/X unit they are taking over but the old Nike and Clark's units too
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostTue Jul 23, 2019 6:24 pm

Andrew J wrote:I understand it's not just the old A/X unit they are taking over but the old Nike and Clark's units too


In this case I would assume that the women’s section would be taking the stretch of units from A|X to Clark’s and the Men’s store would be located elsewhere! Deichmann is apparently another store the Zara invasion will be taking over? I would have thought it be wise to encourage Zara to take over some of the larger unoccupied units towards John Lewis and offer them a lucrative deal to occupy them!
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostSun Jul 28, 2019 7:08 pm

There's a planning application this week for a new fascia sign from Levi's at 27 Grand Arcade.
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostWed Jul 31, 2019 11:29 pm

Simon_SW17 wrote:
Andrew J wrote:The Ivy has taken over the old Jamie's Italian unit https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/556 ... iver-sites


It'll be interesting to see what they open as The Ivy is going into the old Moss Bros unit on the other side of The Hayes.

Good to see that Caprice have bought the Cardiff store, their other restaurants are pretty up market so not sure what would work there.

https://www.caprice-holdings.co.uk


According to Wales Online it's going to be a Harry's Italian restaurant, very smart, the other one is in Knightsbridge

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/whats-replacing-jamies-italian-cardiff-16676602

https://www.harrysdolcevita.com
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostThu Aug 01, 2019 1:23 pm

Simon_SW17 wrote:According to Wales Online it's going to be a Harry's Italian restaurant, very smart, the other one is in Knightsbridge

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/whats-replacing-jamies-italian-cardiff-16676602

https://www.harrysdolcevita.com


Weirdly, the application was withdrawn withn hours.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/jamies-italian-cardiff-hayes-harrys-16680939
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostThu Aug 01, 2019 3:32 pm

Maybe they hadn't actually signed a lease with with St Davids and there is more than one occupier interested in the unit, and St Davids said, "hold on a minute"? (It is probably one of the best units for A3 use). Thats the positive version.

The less positive version is that they received news that made them want to pull out. It could be about their own financial position or the broader macroeconomy. Or perhaps its about performance of the restaurant sector in St Davids and Cardiff more generally?

Overall, St Davids has underwhelmed in terms of retail sales. John Lewis significantly underperforms relative to its size, for instance. The centre seems to struggle to retain higher end or more specialised brands. A number of restaurants have struggled if they weren't big names (what do people love about TGI Fridays?!?) yet were still a bit pricier than usual.
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostFri Aug 02, 2019 11:01 am

With pizza and pasta starting from £15 and heading northwards fast, and Giovanni's and Cafe Citta within a very short walk, I'd be amazed if that was a winning formula for anyone but tourists.
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Re: St. Davids Shopping Centre

PostFri Aug 02, 2019 12:40 pm

RandomComment wrote:Maybe they hadn't actually signed a lease with with St Davids and there is more than one occupier interested in the unit, and St Davids said, "hold on a minute"? (It is probably one of the best units for A3 use). Thats the positive version.

The less positive version is that they received news that made them want to pull out. It could be about their own financial position or the broader macroeconomy. Or perhaps its about performance of the restaurant sector in St Davids and Cardiff more generally?

Overall, St Davids has underwhelmed in terms of retail sales. John Lewis significantly underperforms relative to its size, for instance. The centre seems to struggle to retain higher end or more specialised brands. A number of restaurants have struggled if they weren't big names (what do people love about TGI Fridays?!?) yet were still a bit pricier than usual.


The article here seems to describe it as a "recent aquisition" which sounds like buying the lease from Jaimie's Italian. Not totally clear though

https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/556066/richard-caring-plans-ivy-asia-for-st-pauls-after-acquiring-three-former-jamie-oliver-sites

Whilst most of your "less positive" makes sense, it would be quite extraordinary for a comapny to take over a lease, apply for licence and then literally within a few hours decide "no, it's not worth it" and back out.
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