Nike store unveiled to crowds of people at Ravenhead Retail Park

The new NIKE factory outlet officially opened in St Helens this morning.

Underlining the excitement surrounding Nike’s opening, crowds of people gathered outside the new store to be the first to peek inside.

Located between Marks and Spencers and Flannels on Ravenhead Retail Park, the new team treated the crowds to a Saints-themed chant to mark the occasion on Thursday 27 October.

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St Helens Star: Inside the St Helens Nike storeInside the Nike store in St Helens (Image: Star of St Helens)

St Helens Star: the store offers a range of sports and leisure wearThe store offers a range of sports and leisurewear (Image: Star of St Helens)

Singing “when the swoosh comes in,” the retail and management team were in high spirits as they cut the ribbon for the grand opening and greeted customers for the first time.

Inside the large ‘Unite’ outlet, the store offers a range of products from fitness to fashion, sportswear to hoodies.

The sports giant offers hundreds of boxes of sneakers, with the popular Free Run, Fly-Knit and Air Max shoes available in store.

There is also a range of running, loungewear and sportswear, as well as tops and football boots.

St Helens Star: The store has hundreds of boxes of shoes in storeThe store has hundreds of boxes of shoes in store (Image: Star of St Helens)

St Helens Star: more sneaker picksMore Sneaker Picks (Image: Star of St Helens)

With the busy store housing a resident DJ on its opening day, there was definitely an air of excitement when the store finally opened its doors to the public.

Amid a cost of living crisis, it also proves that St Helens can still lure major retailers to the town, with Nike looking to capitalize on shopping habits in the run-up to Christmas.

Although the opening is ideal for investment in the town, St Helens Council noted that there must be a balance between business parks and the town centre, and that the success of one should not harm the other.

St Helens Star: Sportswear available in storeSportswear available in store (Image: Star of St Helens)

St Helens Star: trainer exclusives in storeIn-store trainer exclusives (Image: Star of St Helens)

Speaking to The Star earlier this year, Advisor Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Economics, Business and Skills, said:

“Investments from these well-known brands are welcome as they contribute to the local economy, help improve the vitality of the city and create jobs for local residents.

“We know the retail landscape has changed dramatically over the years, with retail parks and online shopping now a convenient choice for many as part of an overall shopping experience.

“But as a city council with major regeneration plans for its town centres, we know how important Main Street is for residents as well.

“It’s about striking the right balance, and having a good choice of offers will help bring local shoppers and those from further afield to St Helens to spend their free time.”

St Helens Star: The Nike Team Ravenhead Retail ParkThe Nike Team Ravenhead Retail Park (Image: Star of St Helens)

St Helens Star: cutting the ribbon on opening dayCut the ribbon on opening day (Image: Star of St Helens)

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