Brent Cross turns 40

Published:  03 March, 2016

Hammerson and Standard life celebrate 40th anniversary of Europe’s first enclosed shopping centre

The launch of Brent Cross on 2nd March 1976, which had been 19 years in the making, revolutionised the face of London retail, which had previously been dominated by the West End. The first American style shopping mall in the UK, Brent Cross quickly became the blueprint for shopping centres across Europe.

All three of the centre’s department stores, Fenwick, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer have remained in the centre, alongside a number of other original brands, including Boots, W H Smith, Mothercare, Miss Selfridge and Russell & Bromley, all of which also still continue to trade very successfully 40 years on.

Testament to the long-term strength of Brent Cross and its ability to adapt to changing retail environments and consumer demands, the centre remains a key location for retailers and has secured an impressive number of exclusive store openings, including worldwide, European and UK firsts. The most recent being international make-up brand, Urban Decay’s second London store and Apple’s new format store, a UK first.

David Atkins, Hammerson CEO, said: “Following to its launch in 1976, Brent Cross rapidly established itself as the capital’s leading retail destination and has continued to outperform expectations. Now in its fortieth year the centre remains very much at the heart of retail and still welcomes the world’s leading brands. A pillar of the North London community, we are delighted to mark this significant milestone and to celebrate it with its customers. As we continue to progress well with our redevelopment plans, I am confident that Brent Cross is set to enjoy another successful 40 years.”

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