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Argent appoints new retail lead for King’s Cross centre

Shopping centre developer Argent, has appointed a James Rayner as it new retail lead for its flagship project, King’s Cross centre.

Rayner, formerly Leasing Executive at Capital and Regional, will bring 20 years’ experience in managing and advising on retail assets to the Argent asset team when he joins in October.

He has also previously managed new and existing retail at Broadgate for British Land, and prior to that has also worked Marks and Spencer.

Anthea Harries, head of assets, Argent, said: “We are delighted to have James on board. King’s Cross is one of the most exciting new neighbourhoods in Europe and the 500,000 square feet of retail, including 50 brands in Coal Drops Yard and a great mix of eating and drinking offers, is central to its success.

“James’ skill and experience will help us evolve the retail proposition moving forwards as we build out the rest of the scheme.”

Rayner added: “Retail is one of the defining elements of a place; the thoughtful curation of the King’s Cross offer has helped create an estate which appeals to a wide variety of visitors.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of cementing its reputation with shoppers and diners, as well as to developing relationships with the existing tenant family and to welcoming some exciting new brands in the next few months.”

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