Jacques Vert and North Face set for big welcome at Gloucester Quays
DESIGNER fashion house Jacques Vert and outdoor clothing firm The North Face are the latest shops to sign up at Gloucester Quays.
Both are set to open at the shopping mall before Christmas, along with two other yet unidentified retailers.
A flurry of new jobs have come on the market as both firms seek to find the staff they need to run their new outlets.
Shoppers took to the Gloucester Citizen website yesterday to welcome the new arrivals.
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One said: "Two good names to have, they will draw people in which will, in due course, attract more stores. I'll certainly be heading to The North Face when they open."
Another said: "This is good news, however, can we have more clothing shops for the younger generation such as Superdry, Bank Clothing, Footlocker and Lacoste?
"There are not enough retail shops for 18 to 25-year-olds."
Jacques Vert sells special occasion wear for women and some of its range is available in Debenhams.
It has 470 outlets in the UK, Europe and Canada.
The North Face is an American-owned firm which specialises in outdoor and running wear.
Jason Pullen, centre manager at Gloucester Quays, said: "We are gearing up for what is set to be our biggest Christmas yet.
"The Quayside is continuing to expand. All our retailers are getting ready for the Christmas rush."
The new retailers will be anxious to open before Christmas because it is the busiest time of year for the centre.
In 2012, Gloucester Quays saw a 7.9 per cent increase in the number of visitors it had in December year-on-year. Sales also shot up by 6.5 per cent.
It is also expecting some 85,000 people to attend its Christmas Victorian Market – and the firms will be hoping to cash in on that footfall.
Jacques Vert was unable to give any details about its opening. The North Face confirmed it is opening but said it did not have a date.
But in a job advert, The North Face said: "Few brands can claim to have the iconic status that The North Face has achieved. From the highest mountain peaks to the urban sprawl, our clothing, equipment and accessories can be found on every terrain. Now we're extending our spirit of adventure to Gloucester Quays."
A third retailer is looking for a manager for its new store at the Quays but the advert does not reveal the name of the company.
A 10-screen Cineworld and the restaurants Zizzi, Chiminchanga and Coal Grill and Bar are also set to open at the leisure complex before Christmas.
They add to recent arrivals such as Portivo Lounge and Ed's Easy Diner.
The restaurants and store plans come as The Eastgate shopping centre prepares to unveil its latest business – Boswells cafe. The new cafe is being fitted out and is expected to open by November 16.
Around 20 full-time and part-time jobs will be created.
The family-run cafe will take over the former JD Sports unit.
Matt Burn, director of Boswells, said: "We are hoping to open by mid-November and work has already begun on fitting the cafe out.
"We only just put out our job advert and we've already had 30 people apply. We are expecting a lot of interest.
"We're excited to be coming to Gloucester because it is a vibrant city. We are a south west family business and we didn't want to stray too far from our base so Gloucester was the perfect choice."
Centre manager Jason Robinson said: "We are pleased to announce that another vacant unit has been let. Boswells offers so much more than just a normal coffee shop.
"Having a cafe operator in the mall will expand our offer to our shoppers and will improve their experience when they are here."
This week Costa also opened at King's Walk shopping centre.