Wykeland Group’s 162,561 sq ft Flemingate, East Yorkshire’s newest shopping and leisure destination, has today opened to the public. Flemingate’s line-up of brands is led by Debenhams’ flagship department store, and also includes The Entertainer, Wilko, Card Factory, and Guest & Philips, a Beverley-based jeweller. Complementing the new stores are Costa, Deli No.1, and Patisserie Valerie, which has opened a café on Debenhams’ first floor.
Completing Flemingate’s range of stores and cafés on opening day was Calendar Club, the brand launching a pop-up for the Christmas period. They will be joined in mid-November by pop-ups from The Kingston Art Group and Hull City Tigers.
Commenting on the opening of Flemingate, Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland Group, said: “We are delighted to have opened today. Flemingate looks fantastic, our retailers and cafés have done a spectacular job, and the feedback from visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. Flemingate has been ten years in the making, but today is a just reward for all of the hard work from everyone involved.
“Flemingate was conceived to be very much a part of Beverley, to extend the town centre, add even more reasons to visit the town, and to provide a further boost to Beverley’s economy. Today is a major step in achieving that, and we have more to come.”
Rob Hadfield, Property Director at Debenhams, added: “We are delighted to be opening our new Flemingate store. We have been working very closely with the team at Wykeland since we first committed to the centre more than two years ago. We share their focus on delivering a great experience for visitors, one that will encourage them to return again and again.”
The initial phase of Flemingate will be followed on November 9 by the opening of Bolo, the local independent fashion brand, and H&M, with Trespass and Poundland following in mid-November. In addition, the new six-screen, 1,000-seat, Parkway cinema launches in December, with more new shops and restaurants joining the line-up in the spring, including Outfit. An 80-room Premier Inn, 500-space multi-storey car park, the largest in Beverley, a new campus for East Riding College, and 130 homes complete the £120 million Flemingate development.