All new stores open this year in Cambridge city center
Cambridge’s main street has changed dramatically since the pandemic began in March of last year.
Many of Cambridge’s most popular stores, such as Cath Kidston, Cuckoo Clothing, The Tailor’s Cat, Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams, all unfortunately closed their doors last year.
But the loss of those stores has given new stores the opportunity to open in the city, such as Anthropologie which will take over the old Cath Kidston store in Market Square.
So rather than reflect on the things we lost, we thought we would consider what will happen downtown later this year.
Below, we’ve rounded up all the new stores that are slated to open later this year, so be sure to start saving now for your first shopping spree.
Urban Outfitters is the latest fashion brand to set up shop in central Cambridge.
The multinational lifestyle retailer is moving to 18-19 Sidney Street, in the former premises of independent pop-up store Raft Mkt, which was previously Jack Wills.
Scheduled to open on May 6, jobs for a store manager and salespeople were posted on LinkedIn a few weeks ago, garnering hundreds of applications.
But the store’s opening remained silent until an Urban Outfitters sign was painted above the spacious premises last week.
This is the brand’s first store in Cambridge, following successful openings in many cities across the UK, including Oxford, Nottingham and Edinburgh, with its flagship store on Oxford Street in London.
Fashion and fitness giant lululemon Athletica is also set to open a brand new store in central Cambridge.
The store is currently seeking a “highly capable leader, passionate about building their team and connecting with the community” in the role of Store Manager, announced since March.
The location of the new Cambridge store has yet to be confirmed, however, as stores have succeeded each other throughout the past year, with great financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are currently of the space available inside the Grand Arcade.
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The Anthropologie luxury clothing store also opened recently, with the newly decorated Cambridge Marketplace store fitting in quite well.
The storefront, which was formally Cath Kidston until last year, has been a hive of activity for the past few weeks as developers prepare it for its grand opening.
The store revealed its opening date on a black sign outside the store earlier this month, announcing that April 16 would be the big day.
Anthropologie’s arrival in the city was revealed by a job posting for a store manager last month.
Anthropologie, which is part of the same group as Urban Outfitters, has several stores in the UK – including London, Edinburgh, Oxford and Bath – but it’s the first in Cambridgeshire.
Once opened, shoppers can expect to find clothing and accessories for “creative and social women,” especially good news after Topshop closed last year.
The department of magical gifts
While not technically a new store in Cambridge, the Department of Magical Gifts has moved to a larger and more lavish store in Rose Crescent since the start of the pandemic.
Harry Potter themed store stocks a range of items related to the world’s favorite wizard boy, opened at the Cambridge Tourist Information Center in 2018, which has now closed.
The store has actually been left without a physical location for much of the past year, but has since been able to reopen in the former Links of London store.
Store owner Rodger Lefever said it was extremely popular during the short periods it was allowed to be open since then.
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Chanel to open in Cambridge
Shopping in Cambridge is set to get a lot more luxurious with the arrival of fashion designer Chanel to the city.
The brand is currently advertising two Cambridge-based positions, a team member as well as an account manager business advisor.
Both positions are full-time and were posted on the company’s careers page at the end of March.
While the Account Manager Sales Consultant is a higher role, both require responsibilities that fall into several main categories.
It is not yet clear whether the new Chanel will be a standalone store or a dealership within a larger store, such as John Lewis.
Updates to Cambridge’s shopping opportunities come after the announcement that Cambridge’s John Lewis has been rescued from the shutdown, while his Peterborough counterpart will not reopen after the lockdown.
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