Successive UK governments have tried to forestall the spread of factory outlet centers in the belief that they would deal another blow to existing town centers, which have already been hit hard by the drift to out-of-town and edge-of-town retailing. But with 29 sites up and running, and a further 11 planned to open in the next two years, the factory outlet center phenomenon has already made its mark on the British retail landscape. And it is set to grow even further afield too, as European markets beckon the developers with new growth opportunities.

Subscribe to Just Style

Join over 70,000 apparel industry professionals by unlocking full access for just £1 (plus VAT if applicable)

Already a Member? Login here

Just Style membership gives you:

  • Unlimited access to Just Style content including in-depth analysis, exclusive blogs, industry executive interviews and management briefings
  • Unbeatable market coverage from apparel sourcing and supply chain issues, to emerging markets and manufacturing
  • Unrivalled apparel industry comment from journalists including Leonie Barrie, Michelle Russell, Hannah Abdulla and Beth Wright.
Want multi-user access? Explore our multi-user & corporate memberships

70% of the apparel and textile companies in the Forbes Global 2000 use Just Style

Find out more