Fashion retail giant coming to Kingsgate
THE international fashion chain H&M is coming to Dunfermline's Kingsgate Centre and the new store is expected to be open by August.
The new arrival has not yet been announced officially but a H&M spokesperson told the Press this week, "We're delighted to confirm we are opening a store in Dunfermline this summer."
The Swedish-based chain is the second largest global clothing retailer and offers international fashion for men, women and children.
It regularly works in collaboration with designer brands such as Versace, Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo to launch worldwide collections.
The Kingsgate already has a Marks and Spencer and a Debenhams and this latest department store will be a welcome addition to the city centre, creating around 20 jobs.
H&M's Scottish stores are in some of the country's most prestigious shopping centres including Braehead, Ocean Terminal and the St Enoch Centre.
Kingsgate Centre manager Neil Mackie said, "I'm absolutely delighted that H&M are coming here. This is going to be one of the biggest investments in our property. It's going to be a huge store over two floors and will be around 15,000 square feet.
"This is not just great news for attracting shoppers to Dunfermline it can also act as a draw for other retailers.
"It's been a lot of hard work over the past two years but it's all going to worth it in the end."
Meanwhile, there are two other new stores currently being fitted out in the Kingsgate and they will be opening soon.
Tiger is another Scandinavian chain - based in Denmark - and provides stylish low-cost household goods.
It is has grown quickly since being founded in Copenhagen in 1995 and bills itself as "a variety store with a difference".
The new store will be open later this month and a new Bodycare branch will start trading next month adding to its 130 outlets throughout the UK.
In another boost to Dunfermline's appeal as a shopping destination, Matalan opened a new store at Carnegie Retail Park at the end of last month.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 22 Jun 12
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Jun 22, 17:02
At long last!! :) Happytimes :) It looks like the new store is going to take up 2 units on the bottom and 5 on the top, stretching from Debenhams to New Look on the upper level, as all the walls have been knocked down inbetween them.
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Jun 22, 19:38
settle down dunfy92 settle down..yeah good news H & M are coming to Dunfermline..but 5 units on top floor?...erm we'll see...many shopping malls build the units too small in the first place to save costs or so they say and then they knock down walls ???????...business people hmm?....we'll see!...Yeah I welcome H & M and hopefully T K Max Dunelm etc etc etc but steady..lets get a firm yes or no about the new Tesco cos I think they have done a runner.....must get back to my nest..tweet tweet
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Jun 22, 20:04
Jun 22, 21:51
we already have a TopMan. maybe we need another SpecSavers in Kingsgate?
And 'interesting' that char even thinks TopMan (famously where you get your court attire) is more prestige than H&M
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Jun 22, 21:52
That great news that we are starting to see more shops opening up in Dunfermline in the last month with Matalan & B&M and Weatherspoon's opening in the High Street and Tiger opening up in the centre within the week and H&M coming soon along with Bodycare.
But there still plenty of enemy units that need filled at either at Halbeth with the empty Focus store which would be a perfect place for a Dunhelm Mills or in Carnegie Retail Park with empty Alied Carpets store which would a perfect place for Wilkinsons to move to... there are still 13 empty units in the Kingsgate that need to be filled so making Dunfermline and the Kingsgate a excellent shopping destination.
We could do with Republic,Deichmann,Jack & Jones,Lipsy,Miss Selfridge,Lush,USC,Bank,Office,Build a Bear Workshop,Mama & Papa,Footasylum,Phase Eight to name a phew.
Does anyone know who going into the next three units next to Waterstones, one will be Bodycare but that leaves another two units that are getting fitted out?
The best place for a TK Maxx or Zara or Superdry Store would be the empty site that is the old coop site which would help bring more shops onto the High Street so help bring more shops to bottom end of the High Street.
Hopefully with Tesco opening up that will help bring shops to Bruce Street and bottom end of the High Street.
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Jun 23, 09:27
Its all good news & i agree with most of the above comments.
Things to seam to be heading in the right direction & people are voicing their opinion & getting invloved in making the Town Centre a better shopping / leisure experience.
One word of caution would be that untill Euro Zone sorts itself up & our economy starts to grow, there wont be major changes anywhere.
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Jun 23, 18:38
Cobalt, can you direct me to Topman in Dunfermline? Suggest you give your specs a clean. There is a TopSHOP, which is for women, but no Topman.
I also suggest you learn to read. I never suggested Topman was better than H&M at all.
Aside from these minor errors your post has added a lot to this discussion...;-)
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Jun 23, 22:10
Jun 24, 01:43
Finally! A decent shop! Now all we need to complete my wardrobe is a Topman & Zara.
Cobaltmale - the quality of suits & jeans for example in topman is at times more prestigious than H&M, simply because they offer smaller sizes and a wider variety of styles. Examples; topman smallest suit = 34R | H&M smalest suit = 36R...further examples can be found on topman.co.uk ;)
So for certain things, I would have to say I prefer Topman over H&M.
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Jun 25, 15:04
Jun 25, 20:53
5 Units? TRY 7 units, H&M are also getting two unit on the ground floor aswell, you can look in and see the new staircase being built. Hopeful Home bargin will still appear soon, but to be honest I still not use Dunfermline as the choice and stores are far to small, and the kingsgate only to blame...
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Jun 28, 19:31
who cares what shops open in dunfermline ,shops do not drastically improve the centre they only provide more places for poor lost souls with little to do with their lives to wander about in.
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