Opening date for Lucy & Yak store in Norwich revealed

12:15 28 July 2022

The highly anticipated opening of the city’s Lucy & Yak store – one of only three in the UK – is set to take place in the coming months.

The incoming shop formerly housed the Castle Fine Art gallery before expanding and moving to the former Jules in Castle Street earlier this month.

Castle Fine Art in Norwich has moved to larger premises – the former Jules store a few doors down Castle Street
– Credit: Steve Adams

And now chief executive and co-owner Chris Renwick has said that if all goes well the brand’s new Norwich base will open in September.

Chris said: “We have many customers in Norwich and it’s a lovely city, a really beautiful part of the world.

“We hope to open in September or October and we will have a launch.”

Lucy & Yak started online before opening its flagship store in Brighton.

The Norwich store at the back of the hostels marks a huge expansion for the business – bucking a trend that has seen big retailers leave the high street in favor of going online.

Customers at Gentlemans Walk , Norwich.  Photo: Steve Adams

Customers at Gentlemans Walk , Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

“We like to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing,” he added.

“People always like to touch and try on clothes before they buy.”

He said the plan was to open several new high street stores across the UK over the next five years.

Katie Bates, commercial surveyor at Brown and Co Norwich – the company marketing the property – said: “We are delighted to help bring Lucy & Yak to Norwich.

“It demonstrates that there is a willingness from retailers to invest in the high street and offer their customers face-to-face as well as online-only service.

Katie Bates, commercial surveyor at Brown and Co

Katie Bates, commercial surveyor at Brown and Co
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“It not only benefits these retailers, but also the local economy by filling vacant units, creating jobs and giving people a reason to come to cities and towns – which also gives a boost to other companies.”

The ethical brand, famous for its overalls, celebrated its five years of activity at the beginning of the month.

The brand was founded by Chris and his partner Lucy Greenwood who made handmade clutches from pre-made garments in New Zealand.

When they returned to the UK, the duo bought an old VW campervan – named Yak – which became their home, transport and office.

Laura J. Boyer