More independent retailers go shopping at Bristol’s historic Arcade

Two new lettings at The Arcade, in the heart of Bristol’s Broadmead, have left just one unit out of 24 remaining – and that is currently subject to interest from several parties.

Sobeys Vintage Clothing, who have built up a loyal local customer base since first opening in Park Street in Bristol several years ago, are now trading from 1,500 sq ft of space in the largest of the units in this 200-year-old, Grade II listed shopping centre.

The independent vintage and reworked clothing company also has branches in Exeter and Cardiff, riding the current fashion for stylish clothes from the past. Stuart Williams, director of Williams Gunter Hardwick, joint agents with Cardiff based Oscar Clarke, described Sobey’s arrival as “a perfect fit for The Arcade”.

“Over the last year we’ve repositioned The Arcade as being at the heart of ‘interesting shopping’ in Bristol,” he says, “a place where you can find independent retailers offering something a bit different from the chain stores. Sobeys is an ideal addition to the mix.”

A further letting at 21-22, The Arcade has been concluded with Gallery Du 808. They retail a variety of framed original art, prints and ancillary items, and are located at The Horsefair end of this busy thoroughfare.

The Arcade, built in 1824 as one of a connecting pair of Arcades, enjoys a particularly high footfall as shoppers use this as a route from Broadmead to the Primark and Debenhams department stores on The Horsefair.

Other recent new occupiers include food and drink operators Rollin’ Vietnamese and the Wok Boxstix noodle restaurant.