G-Star RAW boutique opens in Paris

A new G-Star RAW boutique has opened at 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the heart of the Bastille district of Paris. Dynamic Resource was responsible for the main contractor work on the 276 sq m store, which is spread across three floors.

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New plans unveiled for Elephant and Castle town centre

Plans have been unveiled to deliver an educational and cultural destination in Elephant and Castle town centre, with shops, leisure venues, restaurants and homes.

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Urban Decay opens first UK standalone store outside London

L'Oreal-owned cosmetics brand Urban Decay has opened its first standalone store outside London at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. The 51 sq m store is one of only four standalone Urban Decay sites in the UK.

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John Lewis hosts high rise restaurant residencies on Oxford Street rooftop

John Lewis will collaborate with pop-up specialist Night Tales to bring three London food offerings to the rooftop of its flagship Oxford Street store this summer. The Gardening Society will open on 27 May until 4 September, hosting three diverse high rise residences; The Dairy, B.O.B's Lobster and Shotgun.

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Absurd Bird restaurant arrives in Spitalfields

Absurd Bird has opened a restaurant on Commercial Street, Spitalfields, boasting a quirky interior. The design captures Absurd Bird's characterful brand identity, whilst creating a relaxed environment for diners to enjoy the comforts of Southern hospitality and food.

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Lush reveals second perfume-focused installation

The Gorilla Gallery on the lower ground floor of Lush Cosmetics on Oxford Street, London has unveiled its latest installation in the form of The Art of Perfumery. Free to attend, the second phase of its two-part Gorilla Perfumes installation explores the Art of Perfumery in celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume's iconic fragrances, The President's Hat and Stayin' Alive.

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Selfridges London launches fragrance and candle destination

Selfridges London has unveiled a new candle and fragrance location on the ground floor of the department store. In this sensory world, Selfridges customers are welcomed to experience scent like never before in the new olfactive environment.

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Plans unveiled for £10m Centre:mk refurbishment

Hermes Investment Management has unveiled plans for a £10m refurbishment programme for Centre:mk's Sunset Walk to create a new premium quarter. Designed by Rawls, work is already underway on the new space, which is due to complete in late October.

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Tesla introduces new car buying experience

Car manufacturer Tesla has opened its new car retailing experiences at various destinations in the UK, including Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull and Bluewater in Kent. Following a temporary experience in the atrium court last year, the electric vehicle specialist has chosen to take up a permanent position within the centre.

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Seven Dials to host June experiential event

Seven Dials in London will play host to #StyleSaturday, a one-day event on Saturday 11 June which will see more than 100 shops, bars and restaurants join forces to ffer discounts, promotions and experiential experiences both in-store and outside.

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