The store is expected to open in mid 2002, although theheadquarters will move in late 2001. Allders has acquired eight newstores in the past year - seven former C&A branches in OxfordStreet, Guildford, York, Kingston, Sheffield Meadowhall, Leicesterand Watford, together with a newly built store at the Brewery,Romford. The stores have a combined floorspace of over 300,000 sfand the company has a target of adding 1 million sf to its originalportfolio.

Allders Chief Executive Harvey Lipsith said: 'The acquisition ofa West End store is significant, not just as a further step towardsthe achievement of our space growth objective, but also inenhancing the profile and perception of the company. The Alldersoffer will be an exciting addition to the country's most vibrantand competitive retail location.'

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