Wandsworth welcomes international retailer bringing more jobs to Battersea

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Leader of Wandsworth Council has welcomed news of the latest business getting ready to move into the borough as the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station prepares to open to the public.

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Electric Boulevard: New high street emerging at Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station have now announced the first brand to open on Electric Boulevard, a new high street for Battersea and London. International high-street brand ZARA will be joining the mix of retail and leisure brands opening their doors at the new riverside destination. The new 48,800 sq ft store will open later this year and will be the brand’s first central London store situated south of the river.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "The latest Battersea retail announcement is yet more positive news as Nine Elms gets ready to welcome thousands of shoppers, visitors and more residents moving in this year. Not only is it a clear sign of investment confidence as this new district takes shape, but it opens up a greater variety of career opportunities on the doorstep for local people through our Work Match jobs partnership."

ZARA is the latest fashion retailer to join the line-up of British and international brands set to call Battersea Power Station home such as Ray-Ban, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, The Kooples, Mango, Reiss, Aēsop and Calvin Klein.

Customers visiting the new ZARA will be able to shop all the brand’s product ranges across two floors, including Woman, Man, Kids and Home collections.

The new high street will run from the south of the Power Station, between Frank Gehry’s Prospect Place and Foster + Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens, offering a mix of bars and restaurants, office space, shops, a park, community hub and a new 164-room hotel from art’otel®, the brand’s first hotel to open in the UK.

Simon Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said: “We are creating a completely new high street for London and to have an internationally renowned high street brand like ZARA open a significant store in the UK and the first store south of the river in central London at Battersea Power Station is a testament to the continued desirability of this unique project. With our very own London Underground station and river bus pier, we’re also set to be one of the best-connected shopping, dining and cultural areas in the capital and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Battersea Power Station from September of this year.”

Battersea Power Station will opening its doors to the public from September 2022 and will be home to 254 residential apartments, over 100 retail shops, restaurants and cafés, including a unique 18,500 sq ft food hall concept, office and event spaces. Circus West Village, the first completed chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, is already home to over 1,700 residents and more than 20 bars, restaurants, cafés, fitness and leisure offerings.

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Opening from September: The Battersea Power Station Grade II* listed building