Pep & Co Expansion To Feature In New Documentary
Pep & Co will open their expanded store in Albion Street, St Peters Quarter, at 9am on Friday 25th March. The expansion of family fashion retailer Pep & Co in Derby’s St Peters Quarter is earmarked to be featured on a new ITV television series which is due to be screened this Spring.
Pep & Co is celebrating its six month anniversary in Derby with the opening of the second floor of the building in Albion Street – doubling the size of the store. The expansion will be officially launched this Friday 25th March (Good Friday) and the television crew are due to film the event and include it in the six-week series highlighting Pep & Co’s rapid growth.
Pep & Co opened in August specialising in value ranges of clothes for men, women and children and homewares on the 4,000 sq ft ground floor of the former Next store in Albion Street. The second floor will be a clearance department called ‘Pep For Less’ with items from all of Pep & Co’s 50 stores across the UK. Store Manager Andy Cheetham said: “Over the past few weeks, the store, myself and the team have been involved in filming for the documentary. “We are very excited that the film crew will be returning on Friday for the launch of our expanded launch. “The series’ details are under wraps at the moment but it will be great to put our St Peters Quarter store on the map as part of the wider story about Pep & Co across the UK.
“We hope that the people of Derby will get behind the opening on Good Friday, join in a range of family activities and potentially get on the television themselves! “The ‘Pep For Less’ clearance department is a new venture for us and will sell items from across all our stores. “We are delighted with the success of the store here in St Peters Quarter and have had a great response from customers.”
Stephen Jeffery is Board Chair of St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), which is the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre. He said: “Pep & Co are one of the many success stories of the past five years since the BID programme was launched and are great advocates for St Peters Quarter. “The store is also one of a number in St Peters Quarter to feature the BID branding on their windows so this will hopefully put the area in the spotlight.”
The 400 businesses included in the St Peters Quarter BID area are currently being canvassed for their views on the work that has already been completed during the five-year programme and the work needed in the next five years. Their views and research collated will be compiled into a business plan which will be put to the vote at the end of June.
For the BID ballot to be successful, more than 50% of the number of businesses and more than 50% of the rateable value of the businesses who vote have to say yes. The results will be announced at the end of July.