The Forge Shopping Centre has double reason to celebrate after landing leading fashion brand Peacocks as a tenant and winning the title of Glasgow’s Best Shopping Complex.
Peacocks has opened a new 5,800 sq ft store in the Parkhead mall, which attracts more than 7 million shoppers per annum and was ranked the city’s top retail centre in the inaugural Glasgow Awards.
It follows the arrival of Toys R Us before Christmas, who have launched a 10,000 sq ft store, and a number of other new lettings including The Works and Vodafone.
Ross Wilkie, Associate at Cushman & Wakefield, joint letting agents with Lambert Smith Hampton for The Forge said: “Peacocks is a fantastic addition to the fashion mix at The Forge, which has hugely benefitted from an £8m refurbishment programme by the present owners.
“Toys R Us is another great brand for the centre and has helped to significantly increase footfall at the western end of the complex, near Primark.
“In addition, we have two further lettings under offer to leading national brands which will continue to strengthen the tenant mix further.”
The mall, which enjoyed a golden summer in the spotlight last year thanks to its close proximity to the Commonwealth Athletes Village and the National Indoor Sports Arena, beat competition for the top award from St Enoch, Silverburn, The Fort and Buchanan Galleries.
Paul Devlin of Belfast Office Properties, owners of The Forge, said: “We were delighted to win the Best Shopping Complex award which is a tribute to the hard work of our management team and recognizes the significant investment made by BOP in the refurbishment and ongoing improvements.
“The awards were set up to reward the success of those who work tirelessly to make Glasgow what it is today and we are very proud that The Forge has won as it was up against very stiff competition.”
Located close to the junction of the M8 and the M74 and just ten minutes drive from the city centre, The Forge offers 450,000 sq ft of shopping with over 70 high street stores and over 1600 free car parking spaces. The centre also benefits from a four screen cinema and an 8,000 sq ft family entertainment centre.
Anchored by one of Scotland’s biggest Asda superstores, it is home to retailers like River Island, H&M and Primark.
It was purchased by Belfast Office Properties in 2006. Originally built in 1987, The Forge was named after a local steel works which closed in the late 1970s.