We can’t tell you how much we’ve missed shopping, so we were thrilled to be amongst the first visitors to Next’s new concept store at the all-new Fosse Park West shopping park that opened to the public for the first time this week.

The third biggest Next store in the UK, the store is huge! At over 56,000 square feet it’s over a third bigger than the old Fosse Park store and is home to Men’s and Women’s fashion departments as well as kids, interior accessories and a huge furniture and lighting department also! If that wasn’t enough to keep you occupied.. there’s even a Waterstones book store, Costa Coffee and a Virgin Holidays shop inside too! It was a truly wonderful space to explore, thanks to huge amounts of natural light, spacious walkways, soft scatter rugs on the floors, open shelving and plants and greenery everywhere you can see!

One of our favourite parts of the store has to the new Fragrance room. Now we are huge advocates of the Next range of scented candles and reed diffusers – our favourite will always be New York– but for the first time all the scents have been brought together in one space with a clever intuitive fragrance selector at its heart. All you have to do, is simply place your chosen diffuser bottle on the sensor and an interactive digital screen will tell you what aromas you’ll be experiencing (as well as information on the ingredients and notes within) …following this the screen will even recommend complimentary scents so you can curate your very own home fragrance scheme – we loved it!

The home section of the new Next concept store is 25% bigger than before which means that it’s much easier to see and select furniture, as well as all the accessories you need to style up your abode. We’ve been left so inspired…and admittedly are already planning to redecorate our dining room!

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Fashionistas are far from forgotten about with expansive men’s and women’s departments, offering an adapted post lockdown range – we love the new athleisure and loungewear focused edits in-store; as well as the range of relaxed workwear for when we’re all ready to get suited and booted again!  The new changing rooms, not currently open but soon we hope, feature phone charging points and comfy plush, velvet sofas to wait on (so you can quite literally…shop until you drop!) .

A visit to Next is never quite complete without swooning over the baby outfits …and parents, god parents, uncles and aunts are in for a total treat as childrenswear is also four times bigger in the new store!

The new Next Concept store is a retail destination in its own right and we literally cannot wait to get back in-store for a good, old fashioned, pre lockdown shop!

Next Fosse Park West is open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 10.30am-5pm.
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