Shoppers visiting The Glades have been enjoying a host of brilliant newcomers at Bromley’s thriving shopping destination recently – and there are even more fantastic new names due to open soon.
This autumn has already seen the arrival of big name brands and exciting independents, with a mix of permanent fixtures and pop-up stores further enhancing the centre’s diverse and exciting offering.
The recent addition of Cath Kidston, Chickidee Homeware and eatery Quiznos to mention but a few, have all created many new jobs for local residents – something which Kate Miller, General Manager of The Glades, is very pleased about. “It’s a wonderful thing when we can bring as many new businesses as we have to the centre, and to Bromley itself,” she said.
“Stores can’t operate successfully without great team members, so the recruitment drive that ensues means we are investing directly into local people. It’s brilliant that we can open doors for more people to make progress with their retail careers, and in a thriving location.”
Kate said she was thrilled that the centre has attracted fashion and homeware retailer, Cath Kidston, which is located on the mall next to Beaverbrooks. She said: “The pop-up store is a lovely addition; it’s a great fit for the centre and is proving to be a big hit with customers.”
Christian French, kiosk manager at Cath Kidston, said: “This is our first venture at The Glades as a kiosk and the reaction has been fantastic. So many lovely people have said how pleased they are to see us at the centre and how they wish for us to be here permanently, which is great to hear.
“The warm welcome from everyone has been wonderful and we’re looking forward to meeting many more customers over the festive season,” he said.
Another new, temporary addition impressing shoppers is independent lifestyle store, Chickidee Homeware, which opened just a few weeks ago. The family-owned business – which has a handful of stores across the south of England – offers quirky pieces and one-of-a-kind gifts ideal for the festive season.
The Fragrance Shop has also made a timely arrival at the centre, which Kate said was a huge draw in bolstering The Glades’ position as the town’s retail hotspot. She said: “Making sure customers find it a pleasure to be at the centre is incredibly important to us, and even more so at Christmastime when the pressure is on to provide a place to find perfect gifts and all the other special touches.
“It’s exciting that we have even more on offer with seasonal shopping hitting full swing. Our Christmas shop is now open, as well as Calendar Club and Chocolate Workshop, so we hope customers have an enjoyable and stress-free time at The Glades with their festive preparations,” she commented.
Further expansion will be seen in the coming weeks with tuition service, Explore Learning, making its debut appearance in Bromley on Tuesday 12 December. Bringing additional diversity to The Glades non-retail offering, the learning centre will provide supplementary maths and English support for children aged four to 14 years on a subscription basis.
There will also be specialist classes on offer including creative writing and Succeed in Secondary – a transitional course helping students develop their skills in debating, presenting and essay writing.
Kate said the addition of an educational element at the centre would help increase the level of convenience for its visitors. She said: “We acknowledge and embrace the fact that The Glades is viewed by many as the hub of the community. This comes with responsibility and we strive to meet the needs of our visitors as best we can.
“Family life is incredibly busy so when Explore Learning opens, children and their parents will be able to really maximise their time at the centre,” Kate continued. “Our littlest visitors can spend time topping up their learning in a fresh environment, which gives parents the chance to do a spot of shopping at the same time – I’m sure the tuition centre will be a wonderful success.”
Kate commented “We spend a lot of time selecting stores and services which are representative of the quality our visitors are used to, and that each is complementary to the current offering.
“We’ve received fantastic feedback from our shoppers about the recent arrivals we’ve introduced, so we’re very happy that we are providing Bromley with the retail experience it desires,” Kate said. “We’re really pleased to count our new and fantastic outlets as part of the centre’s growing line-up and we look forward to welcoming others in the near future.”