New Sky shop to open at Buchanan Street, Glasgow



Hines, the international real estate firm has announced that Sky, Europe's leading media and entertainment company, has chosen to open one of its first bricks and mortar retail shops at 229-249 Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

Opening on 6th May, the new Sky shop will occupy a 2,500 square feet unit and bring together Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV all in one place. The shop will include a dedicated ‘Customer Hub’ encouraging new customers to speak to advisors about the latest Sky innovations while existing customers can receive advice for their current products. The shop will also include an iSmash service facility, providing customers with repair and maintenance services on site.

The new shops are the first time Sky has had a full retail presence that covers all its business areas – Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV – and the first-time potential customers can fully sample the Sky Q experience.

The shop on Buchanan Street, Glasgow, will be the first shop of its kind in Scotland, focusing on customer experience alongside Sky’s products. The shop will be open plan to allow easy and safe interaction between advisors and customers.

All Sky shops will operate in line with the Government’s Covid-19 safety measures, including strict social distancing, mandatory facemasks and hand sanitiser available across the shop.

The building, which has a Grade A listed façade, is located in the heart of Glasgow’s retail core, directly opposite the city’s premier shopping centre Buchanan Galleries and immediately adjacent to Buchanan Quarter.

Chris Stylianou, Chief Operating Officer, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “Since announcing our move into bricks and mortar retail we’ve opened shops in Liverpool, Leeds and Gateshead - now we’re bringing the Sky experience to shoppers in Scotland with our Glasgow shop.

“We already have deep roots in Scotland with many of our colleagues working across our campuses in Livingston, Dunfermline, and Glasgow. With its renowned shopping district in the heart of the city, it made sense that the iconic Buchanan Street in Glasgow became host to our first shop in the country. We’ll bring service, innovation and convenience in one place, under one roof, to give shoppers a brand new way to experience Sky”

Sharon Bloodworth, Director, Retail Asset Management, Hines UK, said: “Sky clearly recognise the value of personal interaction with their customers and the selection of our Buchanan Street asset as the home for one of their new stores demonstrates the strength of the location. This commitment from Sky is a significant vote of confidence during challenging times for everyone in the retail sector, and we look forward to their doors opening to customers.”

Hines acquired 229-249 Buchanan Street in April 2016 as part of its investment mandate from Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) which targets prime high street retail assets across Europe.

The UK Hines team is currently active in the office, retail, student housing and logistics sectors, managing a combined UK property portfolio worth more than £3bn and located in London and key regional cities.

Savills and CBRE acted for Hines.

Source SKY

May 6, 2021 5:00am ET by SKY  

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