Patagonia's new UK store is now open in Manchester’s central retail district. The 307sq m store at 51 King Street will be a hub for sports and environmental communities in the area, with a space dedicated to events, film screenings and public talks. The three-floor store will carry apparel for outdoor sports including climbing, skiing, snowboarding, trail running, surfing and fly fishing.
The California-based outdoor brand was founded in 1973 and continues to be driven by its mission statement: Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Still independently owned today and a certified B Corporation, the company is recognised internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $89 million in grants and in-kind donations to date through its 1% For The Planet membership.
While Patagonia has seven existing retail stores across Europe and is stocked in over 1,200 multi-brand stores, this latest edition will be the company’s only mono-brand destination in the UK. The new store reflects Patagonia’s ambition to deepen direct relationships with outdoor sports and environmental communities.
Ryan Gellert, General Manager, EMEA, Patagonia, comments: “Patagonia has an unwavering focus on positively impacting the communities we support, both through our commitment to product quality and environmental activism. The Manchester store is an important step forward for this objective in the UK, as we continue to deepen our direct relationships with these communities.”
As with all Patagonia locations, the King Street site was chosen due to its historic nature and work has been done to preserve the integrity of the building, honouring its surrounding history and culture and for its proximity to the wide range of outdoor sports opportunities offered by the Peak District and surrounding areas.
A programme of events, including an opening party and a Worn Wear Tour stop – whereby customers can receive free repairs on their clothing irrespective of brand - is planned for the week of opening and into the new year.