As the final stages of the £9 million Waterside Shopping Centre redevelopment plan near completion, Lincoln shoppers are celebrating the return of Next to the city centre.
The new Next store, which created 32 new jobs in the city centre, opened at 10am on Thursday, September 11.
In order to celebrate the opening, the first 100 customers at the store were given ‘golden tickets’ and the chance to win a £100 Next gift voucher to spend in store.
The last time the Next brand was on Lincoln High Street was two years ago, in the building now occupied by River Island.
In the time between, the nearest Next store was in Valentine Retail Park on Tritton Road – which will continue to operate.
The new store at the shopping centre is spread over two floors on the upper floor level and will offer ranges of womenswear, menswear, accessories, homewear and kids clothing.
Roy Greening, General Manager for Waterside Shopping, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Next into the centre and back onto Lincoln’s high street! There’s been a great reception from our shoppers!
“The final step of our redevelopment will be the installation of our new external signage at our High Street and Waterside entrances which is due for installation toward the end of September.
“Once in place, our multi-million pound refurbishment will be complete, with a few more retailers still to make their way to Waterside.”