Myself and fellow Breakfast Show Presenter, Chris Millagan, went along to chat with some of the Debenhams team and local shoppers to find out what they love most about their new shopping centre.
Myself & Chris Milligan presenting at the Debenhams Watford opening 27/09/18
Fashion designer Julien McDonald and local hero Megan Bowyer were invited to officially cut the ribbon and open the doors to this fantastic new store.
The sparkly restructure of the Intu is providing opportunity for Watford’s locals in the way of jobs and the shopping scene. It is also leading steps forward for a better future in UK retail, trialling a new concept for consumer experience.
Julien McDonald preparing to cut the ribbon opening the doors to the new Debenhams store
General Manager for the Watford branch, Tony Hurley, said: “It’s fantastic to finally open our doors to the public, having been working behind the scenes for so long.
“It was amazing to see so many members of the local community outside the store this morning, and it was a pleasure to have Megan cut the ribbon alongside Julien. She looked absolutely beautiful.”
Ashley Graham DJ’ing in the beauty section on the top floor of Debenhams
The shopping centre now features more cosmetic brands including Dior, Clinique, and Urban Decay to name a few which are located on the top floor.
On the second floor you will find women’s fashion, including brands such as Star by Julien McDonald.
‘Treat Me Tuesday’ is an offer open to all local Debenhams Beauty Club Card holders, where they can get a free beauty treatment every Tuesday.
Watford’s Radio, Vibe107.6, Breakfast Show team including Myself, Lee Partridge, and Chris Milligan
Not only does the centre provide a very glamorous shopping experience, but also an array of dining and dwelling spots including Costa Coffee and Loaf & Bloom.
Queue’s of people waiting for the grand opening of their new Debenhams store at the Intu in Watford
The General Manager of Watford’s Intu, Vicki Costello, said “It is a delight to finally open the doors after working on this project for so long.
“We believe that this will increase footfall to the centre and we will see more local people shopping in store rather than choosing to shop online.”
It is a step in the right direction for UK high streets, and certainly the new place to be in Watford’s centre.