H&M signs up to be part of Winkelman’s stadium:mk vision

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FASHION chain H&M has signed up to be a part of the new retail development near stadium:mk, much to the delight of the wife of MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.

The flambuoyant football and music entrepreneur revealed the new retailer has signed up to be part of the seven-strong fashion-focused centre at a business breakfast today (Friday).

“H&M has just signed up,” Mr Winkelman told 35 business leaders at The Hazeley Academy, in Emporer Drive, Hazeley. “It has gone down well with the wife, she’s very impressed!

“The new development is becoming a bit of a fashion park.”

The development has already signed up M&S and Primark. “It will be the first out of town Primark in the country,” said Mr Winkelman.

But the entrepreneur told the audience of students and business people he was not trying to set up a centre to rival the new city’s retail centre.

“MK1 won’t prevent people going into central MK,” Mr Winkelman said. “It is the most important commercial district and I don’t want to undermine what is going on there.”

He added the that retail park was on track for opening by this Christmas.

The retail park will help the MK Dons complete the development of the football stadium, including improving the car park area and putting cladding on the top deck of the stadium.

“It is not about the MK Dons in 2012, it’s about a dream to become a 30,000 stadium and I am really proud we are going to deliver that,” he said.

He also revealed the MK Dons’ Sport and Education Trust, which works closely with The Hazeley, had ‘engaged’ with 55,000 people in the last year.