An artist's impression of Habitat's new Brighton city centre store, slated for October opening
Furniture and accents retailer Habitat will open its first new standalone stores in more than a decade as part of a £1.5 million investment by parent company Sainsbury's.


The stores — at Westfield London and in the centre of Brighton — are earmarked for September and October launches respectively.

"As our digital business has grown, there has also been a real desire from customers to see Habitat on the high street," said md Claire Askem. 65 percent of Habitat sales originate online, the retailer says.

The Westfield store spans 4,700sqft. while the two-floor South Coast unit is larger, at 6,500sqft, and forms part of the Hanningtons Estate redevelopment of the Brighton Lanes shopping area.

Its planned expansion builds on its existing two standalone London flagship stores and its eleven mini-Habitat units within Sainsbury's supermarkets nationwide.

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