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The Hut Group to open showroom in Manchester city centre

Online retailer of beauty and wellness products, The Hut Group (THG), is set to open a new showroom in Manchester city centre to allow customers to engage with its house of brands.

Designed to showcase the group’s prestigious health and beauty brands, the “contemporary retail and experiential marketing space” will be called 'World of THG' and will be open to consumers and influencers to build a stronger relationship with the various components of the group.

The plans were announced today (27 June), as the group completed the acquisition of a 12,000 sqft ground floor and basement space at the noteworthy 100 King Street building in Manchester.

The Grade II-listed building, designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens and built in 1933, was originally the home of Midland Bank with the ground floor used as the main banking hall. Most recently, that space was home to a Jamie’s Italian restaurant.

In addition to the former banking hall, THG has acquired the basement space which still comprises the original banking vault and safety deposit boxes.

THG has promised a significant refurbishment programme that will be sympathetic to the “stylish listed features” before opening World of THG on completion.

The King Street acquisition comes amid the group’s growing property purchasing activity, which includes a circa £50 million investment in the nearby King Street Townhouse and Great John Street Hotel. It also acquired and developed Greater Manchester's Hale Country Club & Spa in 2016.

Matthew Moulding, founder and CEO of THG, which owns brands such as Lookfantastic, Mama Mio, and Skin Store, commented: “THG is continuously looking at original ways to deliver the most engaging retail and wellbeing experience.

“The acquisition of the iconic 100 King Street site further expands our innovative marketing infrastructure. The development programme to create the World of THG will provide a new and innovative environment for customers and influencers to discover and fully experience our prestigious brands.” 

THG also recently broke ground on ICON, a new logistics and global content creation studio at Icon Manchester Airport, which will provide 2,000 new jobs once completed.

And within the next 12 months, the group will start work on THQ, the company’s new business campus, which will support up to 10,000 jobs and is described by the group as the UK’s largest bespoke office development outside London.

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