It’s been a year since the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands opened to shoppers on April 12, 2021. The £160m outlet opened on the first day non-essential retail could reopen after the third lockdown national of the coronavirus last year.
From the time planning permission was granted in 2016, residents of Cannock and surrounding areas have been eagerly awaiting the historic shopping centre. Along the way, there were traffic complaints and outrage about the massive 50ft signage, but now it’s finally here, residents seem to like it.
Over the past year, it has created 900 new jobs in the region, while customers have tasted 30 tons of Haribo pick and mix and purchased more than 100,000 handbags. Others drank over 400,000 cups of coffee and updated their beauty routine with 888,000 beauty products.
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And as a dog-friendly center, the outlet has also welcomed 50,000 dogs since last April. While sustainability remains an important goal, with 3,000 trees planted.
This week the center is celebrating with huge giveaways for visitors – but how many stores have opened since the outlet opened? And how many have closed, and are all the original stores still open?
Stores open when the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet opens
When the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet opened in April last year, it already boasted a huge list of stores already open. And there are more stores to come. Here is the full list of stores that were available on opening day:
- Beauty Outlet
- Calvin Klein
- Clogau Gold
- Contact Coffee Co
- Crew clothing company
- five guys
- Kate Spade
- Kurt Geiger
- The Crucible
- Daddy Mac
- Molton Brown
- Moss Bros.
- mountain warehouse
- Oliphant & Pomeroy
- Phase Eight
- Smoothies Plus UK
- Sunglasses shack
- Very dry
- Ted Baker
- Tommy Hilfiger
- under protection
- yankee candle
Stores that have opened at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet since…
A number of new stores have appeared in the outlet since it opened. And there are plans to open 12-14 more stores by mid-2022 – ahead of expansion plans for 50 more stores. Here is a list of all the stores that have opened since:
- Carhartt W.I.P.
- Fred Perry
- Pizza Express
- thin chickens
- The cosmetics company store
- monitoring station
- Coffee at 200 degrees
Stores that have closed at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
In a successful first year, only one store closed at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. Gap announced in July last year that all 81 UK stores would close as the brand moved online – and that unfortunately included the Cannock outlet, just months after it opened.
Huge discounts were on offer on the site before they closed, with discounts of up to seventy percent up for grabs. The outlet’s Gap store closed permanently on Saturday, September 25.
The shopping village is located in Cannock, just off the Eastern Way, a 30 minute drive from Birmingham. Normal opening hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The outlet opened on April 12 with brands including Fred Perry, Nike, Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Coach, Radley, Le Creuset and Yankee Candle. The center had hoped an additional 12 to 14 new stores would open by mid-2022 – before turning to expanding the additional 50 stores.
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