River Island to relocate to Lower Precinct

Planning documents reveal that River Island is planning to move its store to the Lower Precinct.

Planning documents submitted to Coventry City Council last month reveal that High Street retailer River Island looks to be planning to move out of its current Coventry city centre location in the Upper Precinct.

The move would see the store relocate 150 metres away to the Lower Precinct, taking up two units currently occupied by Clarks and Select including the floor above.

The two units would be joined together through two internal doorways if plans go ahead.

Shopfront elevation designs showing new signage and window displays.

It’s unknown exactly why the store is moving – our best guess would be to acquire more floor space and renovate the dated design of the previous store, in line with the company’s modernisation plan amid a rapidly changing market.

The new store will be spread out across two floors with 3472 sq ft of womenswear and 1416 sq ft of kidswear on the ground floor, plus 2773 sq ft of menswear on the first floor.

The store will include spacious fitting rooms and three large window displays on the ground floor.

It should be mentioned that, at the time of publication, the planning application for some of the proposed changes is still pending.

If the move goes ahead, it is unclear what will happen to the Upper Precinct unit that River Island currently occupies.

In relation to the future presence of Clarks in Coventry, a Clarks spokesperson said: “We are currently in the early stages of negotiations, so are unable to comment further on our store located in Coventry.”