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Shops prepare for St Stephen's opening


A variety of shops are readying themselves for the opening of St Stephen's shopping centre in Hull tomorrow, it has been asserted.Branches of Zara, H&M, Starbucks, Next, Carphone Warehouse and River Island are among the stores in the £200 million facility that will open for the first time tomorrow, reports the Hull Daily Mail.Richard Dodd of the British Retail Consortium told the newspaper that major retail developments can boost the economy of a location and should attract consumers from a wider area."While some smaller retailers might fear a major shopping development could bring competition, in fact they may gain from it. It may boost the number of shoppers attracted to that area and that could bring spin-off benefits to other businesses," he said.Facilities set to open in the future include Reel Cinemas, TopShop, Dorothy Perkins, Optical Express and the Body Shop. The St Stephen's site is 40 acres in size and is the second largest mixed-use city centre regeneration project in the UK.