The Nike store in St Helens takes shape in a retail park

A NEW store for sports giant Nike is taking shape in St Helens.

The retailer is set to open in the store between Marks and Spencers and Flannels on Ravenhead Retail Park.

As these images show, signage is now in place at the front of the store, with an opening date set for October.

The planned opening date is listed online for October 27.

Nike is the latest confirmed brand to come to the retail park which, unlike downtown, still attracts big name brands.

Last week, a Starbucks Drive Thru opened in the former Carphone Warehouse store.

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It is understood that Wren Kitchens will take over the old Arcadia building, which housed Dorothy Perkins and Burtons, which closed during the pandemic.

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Attracting Nike is seen as a big boost for retail in St Helens, with the retail park’s good road links meaning it attracts customers from across the North West.

Over the summer, the company announced that people would work in the store.

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In a statement commenting on the sports giant’s plans for St Helens, adviser Kate Groucutt, cabinet member for economy, business and skills, told The Star this summer: ‘Investments from these well-known brands are the 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.”

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