Suit Direct opens Birmingham flagship store, eyes further expansion

Suit Direct opens Birmingham flagship store, eyes further expansion

Formalwear retailer Suit Direct is to begin an ambitious expansion plan after opening a new flagship store in Birmingham this week.
The retailer, which is part of the Baird Group, is looking to open 10 city-centre stores by the end of 2020 and up to 25 stores within the next 18 months, The Business Desk reports.
The company stocks a number of leading menswear brands including Ben Sherman, Jeff Banks and Gibson London, as well as an in-store measuring offer.
“With a focus on greater innovation, especially through bringing life to our digital proposition, offering quality brands and a premium, customer-focused, shopping experience we’re looking to bring back the joy of buying and wearing suits whether it be casual, in the office and more in more formal environments,” said Suit Direct retail director Amanda Argent.
“The Birmingham store will be the first store to open in a series of new standalone stores across the UK and marks a new era in the brand’s direction as we set our sights on further expansion on the UK high street.”
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The formalwear category has been significantly impacted by Covid-19, with the cancellation of large events such as weddings and the Royal Ascot dealing major blows to sales.
In August, Moss Bros called in advisory form KPMG to work on a potential CVA which could lead to store closures and rent cuts, while in the same month Brooks Brothers was acquired by Authentics Brands Group after going bankrupt in July. Also in July, it was revealed British menswear retailer TM Lewin would permanently close all 66 of its stores after falling into administration.
So this latest move by Suit Direct is a significant sign of confidence in an otherwise uncertain sector.
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