by Rebecca Hubbard
After an extensive refurbishment, The Corinthian Club will open its doors in late August. This iconic Glasgow landmark on the retail ‘style mile’ of Ingram Street (Glasgow’s Bond Street) will retain all of its prestige and accessibility, whilst introducing exciting new opportunities and elements as part of the new Corinthian Club experience, one such opportunity will be an exciting new ‘pop up’ retail space within one of its rooms. This unique opportunity is available on a limited basis for luxury and leading style brands to secure a wholly integrated retailing presence within this remarkable setting.
Glasgow has recently reclaimed its place as the top retail destination outside of London by securing leading brands in the city centre while other UK cities flag behind. The ‘pop up’ store concept has been highly successful in introducing luxury brands wishing to explore new markets and build retail confidence including Comme des Garçons, Reposition and Cath Kidson all enjoy success with this unique concept. At The Corinthian Club, retailers will enjoy exposure to a high footfall of discerning and image-conscious customers during extended opening hours seven days a week.
Michael Bergson Venue Director of The Corinthian Club said:“We believe that the unique and diverse proposition which will be offered at The Corinthian Club will further reinforce Glasgow’s place in the UK as a leader of style and quality and an internationally renowned tourist destination.
“Nowhere else in Europe is there a proposition like it. This is the first place where you can hold business meetings in one room, savour cocktails in another with friends, dine with work colleagues whilst indulging in fine wines, have the thrill of gambling, and shop, whilst enjoying high tea all under one beautiful roof.”
In New York, pop-up shops are almost becoming a ‘permanent' fixture, some companies are opening retail spaces designed specifically for the pop-up shop phenomenon. These warehouses are rented to brands on a short-term lease, allowing them to mark their style on it for a limited period before moving on to their next destination.
A range of retailing profiles and concepts is on offer – from short term, niche concession or showcase opportunities to a more permanent retail space of approximately 80sqm. The retail outlet is developed within a stunning space designed to target females. There are a variety of purpose built storage and display cases which double up as tables and wall art. The unit features a vast video wall for cat walk shows as well as a fashion runway, which, when not in use by models forms the central table around which guest meet, drink and shop.
The refurbished venue is set to create 200 new jobs in Glasgow City Centre, with over a thousand people attending the recruitment open days for, such is its appeal in Glasgow.
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, added:"The Corinthian Club is one of Glasgow's most iconic structures and it is fantastic to see the G1 Group making such a significant investment in the city. The last 12 months have been a strain on the UK economy as a whole and, true to character, Glasgow is rising to the challenge.
"The city has recently reclaimed its place as the top retail destination outside of London and was also named the world's 11th Ultimate Sports City at a ceremony in Dubai just last month. Glasgow is fast cementing its place as a key player on the world stage and the major investment in The Corinthian Club further underlines the city's ambition.
"The creation of almost 200 new jobs is great news for Glasgow and the Chamber looks forward to continuing to work closely with G1 Group. I eagerly anticipate the relaunch of, what is shaping up to be, one of Europe's premier entertainment venues."
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We’re very much looking forward to the reopening of The Corinthian Club in August. It’s great to see such an iconic Ingram Street landmark so extensively and beautifully renovated to incorporate fantastic new business and retail opportunities, as well as jobs."