A LEADING fashion streetwear and sportswear retailer has announced its plans to open a branch at Sunderland’s the Bridges – bringing with it 25 new jobs.

Footasylum, which stocks leading sportswear giants Nike and Adidas, contemporary classics such as Vans, Converse and Puma, along with a host of up-and-coming brands including 11 Degrees and Sik Silk, is set to launch in the city in August.

The new opening – which will be the third store in the region – is part of the company’s aggressive expansion plan.

“This will be our 47th store nationwide and we’re looking forward to moving to the Bridges at an exciting time, ahead of a wave of new Footasylum store openings across the UK,” said Glen Dickinson, Head of Retail at Footasylum. Our new, well located unit will give Sunderland’s shoppers access to leading sportswear and streetwear brands – many of which have not been available in the city before.”

Andy Bradley, Centre Director at the Bridges, said the arrival of another national brand in the centre showed the confidence that retailers have in Sunderland.

“We have seen a number of big high street retailers coming into Sunderland in the past year,” he said.

“And we’re delighted that we can now count Footasylum among that number.

“This shows how the city is becoming increasingly more attractive to major names and that we are continually growing the already-strong offer we have for shoppers.”

The new 180sqm unit will be located adjacent to Schuh and H&M.