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Friday, May 12, 2023

Monsoon joins host of new retailers at Frenchgate, Doncaster

Lunson Mitchenall has signed Monsoon to Scarborough Development Group's Frenchgate, the 250m 750,000 sq ft, plus 1,400 car parking spaces, shopping centre development in central Doncaster which is set to open in June this year.

Monsoon will take 6,676 sq ft (620 sq m) at a rent of 270,000 pax. The scheme, which is 80 % let, is set to transform Doncaster's retail offer and will be anchored by a 105,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) Debenhams store while Next will trade from a 22,000 sq ft (1,860 sq m) unit.

On completion, Frenchgate will provide 350,000 sq ft (27,870 sq m) of new shops on two floors plus a new 1,400 space multi-storey car park, raising the retail ranking position of Doncaster from 51 to 21 in the UK in terms of shopping offer according to independent research.

Other recent signings include HMV, Dorothy Perkins, Beaverbrooks, Ottakars, Hennes, Top Man/Top Shop, Republic Quiz, C&J; Clarks, Wallis, USC, GAME, Faith, KFC, Greggs and the Perfume Shop. Deals with a number of other high profile retailers are very close to exchange.

Rob Wingrave, Director at Lunson Mitchenall, says; "We are delighted to have secured excellent retailers to the scheme which is set to become one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. Doncaster's retail offer will be completely transformed by Frenchgate generating a high concentration of multiple retailers and a new prime pitch for the city".

David Wells, Director of Scarborough Development Group, comments: "Frenchgate is the only town centre regeneration scheme opening in Yorkshire this year. The opening on the 8th June will mark many years of hard work for the team, as well as a substantial new retail offer for people in the Yorkshire region."

Frenchgate is being developed by Scarborough Development Group and includes a Private Finance Initiative in relation to the new bus station. The scheme was recently purchased by a private Irish consortium, advised by Lunson Mitchenall and BTW. Lunson Mitchenall and Fawley Watson Booth are letting agents.