The expanding national lifestyle fashion retailer, White Stuff, have taken a shop in Kendal and work has started on fitting out the premises ready for an opening in April 14. The letting, at 21 Finkle Street, has been completed by Peill & Company, Chartered Surveyors, who also agreed a letting to Joules on Stricklandgate at the end of last year. The unit therefore represents another national retailer coming into Kendal and demonstrates a significant upturn in the take-up of vacant units in Kendal town centre. In February and March alone, Peill & Company have agreed deals on five shops on Finkle Street and Stramongate, in addition to other lettings in Blackhall Yard, Stricklandgate, Highgate, Lowther Street and elsewhere in the town. Simon Adams, director of Peill & Company commented “White Stuff taking a unit in the town is further evidence of what appears to be an increase in confidence from both small retailers and strong niche retailers in acquiring premises in market towns such as Kendal. Throughout 2014, we had seen a significant increase in enquiries, not just from retailers but from small businesses, office occupiers and industrial occupiers”.
White Stuff is the expanding national chain of outdoors and lifestyle clothing retailer established in the Alps in 1985 and already having stores in Carlisle and Keswick within Cumbria. The brand has grown from selling t-shirts to fund the founders’ ski season to 85 shops throughout the UK.
Peill & Company, Chartered Surveyors, acted on behalf of a private landlord in negotiating the lease with White Stuff’s estates department direct.