Cult fashion brand expands with standalone Nottingham store

Universal Works has moved to a new Nottingham store

Nottingham fashion brand Universal Works is set to open a new standalone store in its hometown in a deal brokered by FHP Property Consultants.

Universal Works was founded in Nottingham by David Keyte and Stephanie Porritt in 2009. The firm has seen major growth over recent years, with the brand now stocked across more than 300 stores globally.

The new standalone Nottingham shop follows after Universal Works outgrew its current space above Rough Trade in Nottingham’s Hockley. The new shop is at 120-122 Derby Road and forms part of the Canning Chambers redevelopment.

Canning Chambers is a period building at the top of Derby Road on the edge of Nottingham city centre. After standing derelict for many years the building was bought by landlord Wollaton Nottingham which has undertaken major refurbishment inside and out to create a mixed-use building comprising residential upper floors and retail space at ground and basement levels.

David Keyte, co-founder of Universal Works, said: “We have outgrown our current space within Rough Trade so are really pleased to be opening the doors to a bigger and bolder, standalone store on Derby Road. We are not your typical high street kind of operator and prefer alternative neighbourhood style locations with potential and community spirit. Derby Road has evolved over the last few years and we can’t wait to open the doors and become part of the community here.”

Oliver Marshall, director at FHP, added: “The letting to Universal Works is a major step forward for the location on Derby Road, but also for the city of Nottingham, showcasing the success of a homegrown business. This a really exciting brand with a massive following and hopefully it will encourage more brands to the area and Nottingham.”

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