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Swansea’s old Topman store set to be transformed into shops and apartments

The future looks bright for the former Topman store at the heart of Swansea city centre, with plans unveiled to transform it into three separate units which already have national-level operators interested in moving in.

Swansea.com has submitted a pre-planning application to Swansea Council asking to turn the prominent retail unit, located on the corner of Oxford Street and Whitewalls, into 26 apartments and three separate retail units on the ground floor.

The unit had been the home of Topman and Topshop for generations in the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, but Arcadia Group, which owned the clothing chain, went into administration on November 30, 2020, placing 13,000 jobs at risk. In January, 2021, online clothing retailer ASOS purchased the group, but it only wanted the brands, not the shops. For the latest Swansea news, sign up to our newsletter here.

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It was replaced by Lime, a new women’s clothes retailer. But it didn’t stand the test of time, and was replaced by another clothing store named Envy, which itself didn’t have its doors open for long.

Discussing the plans, group managing director of Swansea.com, Jacob Hughes said: “We are currently looking to split the retail offering from one large unit across multiple floors into three separate units on the ground floor. All of these have been pre-let to national operators ahead of the development works. This is in addition to an advertising screen on the façade which will be operated by Open Media, a leading national advertising company with sites across 11 major cities.

“The upper floors will be converted to residential units to provide up to 26 apartments of city centre living, which is vital to the regeneration of the wider city centre development being done by the city council and other private developers. We are currently working on designing a deliverable scheme that can be achieved to provide maximum output in a key city centre location.

“Having worked on this scheme for the last 12 months, it is fantastic to see the work underway as we continue to invest in the city and surrounding areas. Swansea.com is committed to continuing the good work it has done over the last 30 years where it has employed hundreds of people through numerous businesses in the city, which has only been elevated over the last three years. The company is driven to continue its success in the city, encouraging new opportunities, creating jobs, and expanding what Swansea has to offer.” Swansea Council’s planning department will now consider the application. Try WalesOnline Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features.

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