Harvey Nicks plans northern expansion

Hosker Moore & Kent is designing a Leeds store for Knightsbridge retail institution Harvey Nichols’ expansion into the north.

Hosker Moore & Kent is designing a Leeds store for Knightsbridge retail institution Harvey Nichols’ expansion into the north.

Harvey Nichols, the “absolutely fabulous” department store popular with royals and other celebrities, also plans to open in Manchester and Glasgow. Designers are yet to be appointed for those two projects.

The 5m Leeds project will see the former Empire Theatre transformed from its present use as a shopping arcade in time for an autumn 1996 opening. The 4645m2 store will include a glass frontage for the shop’s four floors.

As in Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols in Leeds will sell fashion, food and cosmetics. A restaurant on the top floor will also be created. Hosker Moore & Kent is responsible for designing all the interiors, in conjunction with architect Brooker Flynn.

“It’s an opportunity to start with a clean slate and try things Harvey Nichols might have liked to try in London,” says Hosker Moore & Kent partner Peter Kent. The consultancy was approached by the store.

A spokeswoman for Harvey Nichols says plans for stores in Glasgow and Manchester are at an early stage, with the “right sites” being sought. Designers have not yet been appointed for these projects, she adds.

London consultancy Four IV has completed phase one of its revamp for Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. The 560m2 area selling handbags, luggage, hats, belts and other accessories now has limestone flooring and beech, glass and stainless steel displays. Phase two has now begun.

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