25 Years

25 Years of Fun, Fashion and Amazing Moments

Incredible moments, famous faces and a whole lot of YOU! Explore 25 years of #CheshireOaks and join in the celebrations with our brands this month.

'90s Throwback

Then & Now Cheshire Oaks

Back in March 25th 1995, Cheshire Oaks was born. First beginning with 35 stores, taking up 101,000 sqft of space, it was a far cry from the 140 stores and 20 food partners we now have, equalling 400,000 sqft of shopping paradise. 

The space was initially designed in the traditional open ring style - with parking centred in the middle of the space - but with expansion, inward facing stores were added, creating the double-stored 'racetrack' common to most European outlets. 

Now with an additional 300,000 sqft, the site has become a full enclosed 'circle' that most of us know and love, with 2019 seeing our £40m expansion creating an additional 25 stores - giving you the likes of LEON, Haribo and Pandora to shop for less. 

The UK's biggest Designer Outlet

Biggest Designer Outlet

Still being the biggest designer outlet in the UK is something that we're really proud of, but there's lots of other interesting things about us and our stores that you might not know about...

We've still got the largest Polo Ralph Lauren in Europe, the longest standing Nike employee at our Nike Factory Store and a number of brands unique to the north west such as Karl Lagerfleld.

Since opening, we've welcomed more than 140 million guests, and over 8.3 million of that were those of you that shopped with us last year.

Our stores receive 325 delivered of stock every week - 2,100 handbags lines, 6,500 footwear lines and 5,000 jewellery lines and we sell over 11,000 gift cards every year. Those are some big numbers!


Famous Faces

Famous Faces

Sure, we've been graced by a few famous names over the years. No biggy. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the centre 25 years ago when it was only a mere few thousand sqft. Since then, we've been entertained by the likes of The Saturdays, Clean Cut Kid and The Wanted, cooked up a storm with Simon Rimmer and got all '90s kids talking about the world's favourite purple dinosaur. What's next on the cards? Well, you'll have to wait and see. 

Those Wow Moments

The Wow Moments

We've welcomed over 140 million of you to our centre over the years thanks to an incredible amount of events we're proud to have held.

From a crazy Motor Festival and our big Wimbledon watch to our VIP events and a BMX competition, the Coca Cola Truck (twice!) and Food Festivals. So many of you join us at our annual magical Christmas Light Switch On event each year, helping us to light Europe's largest walk-in Christmas tree with everything from a live orchestra performance of The Snowman, to Cirque - our 2019 show inspired by The Greatest Showman. What's been your favourite so far?

Part of Something Extraordinary

Part of Something Extraordinary

We know that to be the biggest Designer Outlet in the UK, it all depends on our people. Over the last 25 years, we've scaled ourselves up to becoming the employer of over 3,500 local people across our 160 brands and service teams such as our painters, gardeners and cleaners who keep us looking beautiful all year round. We also work closely with JobCentre+ to support people heading back to work. So much so, we've created our own careers platform so that everyone can find a job that's right for them, right here at centre (you can take a look at it here).

We work with Cheshire College and the University of Chester to support retail and business students in developing their flourishing careers, and have hosted numerous student nights, recruitment evenings and even a Dragon's Den-esque competition for local schools and colleges in the North West.

Giving back has become part of our DNA. We've partnered with Everton in the Community to bring you yoga, Asics to bring you HIIT classes and have helped raise money for charities like Autism Awareness, Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and The Pankhurst Centre, that are all close to our heart. And it's a big thank you to everyone that has helped you over the last 25 years to help us deliver each and every one of these to help us achieve it all.

The Smiles

The Smiles

And what would it all be without seeing people's smiles every day? Absolutely nothing. 

Whether it's when our Guest Services go the extra mile to make your day, seeing you enjoy bringing your beloved pooch to shop or seeing you all find magical moments with your friends and families at one of our events, we always want everybody to leave happy. 

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