Topshop amps up

British fashion giant Topshop has confirmed the details of its third Australian store launch.

As previously reported on ragtrader.com.au, the brand opened its first Australian store late last year on Chapel St, Melbourne and is set to open its first Sydney store in October, in the historic Gowings Building.

However, Topshop is now set to stake another outlet in Melbourne, with the GPT Group, which operates Highpoint Shopping Centre, confirming that the brand has locked in to open there in 2013.

The announcement by GPT Group, at its 2012 mid-year results presentation, will see Topshop settle in with a 1,600 square metre store in early 2013, as part of a $300 million development of the centre which will include a new Woolworths, Fresh Food Market and new mall featuring approximately 20 other retailers.

The move also marks the fashion chain retailers first foray into a shopping centre.

GPT Group’s head of asset management Matthew Faddy said he was thrilled to have Topshop joining Highpoint’s exciting stable of fashion retailers and maintaining the centre’s reputation of being the first to deliver big name brands to the west.

“Topshop’s ability to deliver new, designer-inspired looks to shelves within weeks of making their catwalk debut is something that will certainly strike a chord with our customers,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming Topshop to the centre in early 2013, alongside David Jones and over 80 additional speciality retailers.”

Topshop launched in 1964 and is owned by the UK-based Arcadia Group – a conglomerate of fashion and high street retail brands. The brand currently operates over 750 stores worldwide, with Australia its 32nd international market.

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