30 May 2022/ Retail Guide

Find your next retail property to rent in Liverpool

Discover your next retail property to rent in Liverpool

Situated on the estuary of the River Mersey, which opens out into the Irish Sea, Liverpool has a rich and diverse heritage coupled with an incredible story of reinvention and regeneration. Its docks, which once dominated global trade in the 19th century, stood abandoned in the 1980s. Investment and imagination turned the fortunes of the city’s iconic Waterfront around, and by the late 1990s, the area had become central to city life in Liverpool once more – and the North West’s most visited free tourist attraction. The Waterfront became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and with plenty of theatres, museums and art galleries, Liverpool became the first in England to be awarded the European Capital of Culture. 

The city’s achievements don’t end there. With an unrivalled musical legacy as the home of The Beatles – the Guinness Book of Records states that there are more number one artists from Liverpool than in any other town or city. It’s also the most successful city for football in England thanks to local rivals Liverpool FC and Everton FC. With more than 60 languages spoken in Liverpool every day, it was voted one of the best cities in the UK for work-life balance thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere, good employment opportunities, and friendly people. 

Explore where Liverpool's retail properties could take your business 

Retail opportunities in and around Liverpool

Today’s bustling city is a unique collection of seven ‘neighbourhoods’, each with its own distinct style and vibe. Shoppers are spoilt for choice between gleaming shopping centres, boutique arcades and bohemian streets, making it a must-visit retail destination. Ranked as the sixth most visited city in the UK, Liverpool welcomes more than 67.3 million visitors a year and the tourism economy is worth an estimated £4.9 billion. 

From the cobbled streets and traditional pubs of the Georgian Quarter, and the cultural venues of St George’s Quarter, to lively Chinatown, there’s much to explore and enjoy. Then, of course, there’s the Cavern Quarter, where you can experience a bit of Beatles history – and check out the Vivienne Westwood store and famed designer boutique Cricket. 

Along the Waterfront, the Royal Albert Dock offers all manner of places to eat and drink plus a variety of independent shops. Liverpool ONE, located close by, is an open-air shopping district that’s home to more than 170 high street and designer stores – including the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country. The exclusive Metquarter is the place to find select fashion and beauty outlets such as Hugo Boss, MAC and Kurt Geiger. 

Just a 15-minute walk south of the city centre is The Baltic Triangle, one of the most exciting and fast-growing areas of the city. What was once an unused area of warehouses and factories is now a thriving independent cultural hub with gin gardens, vintage markets and arcades. Ropewalks (given the name from the 19th-century craft of rope making) are another focal point. Here you’ll find bustling Bold Street, with its independent shops, restaurants, coffee shops and street art – rated as one of the best shopping streets in the country by Lonely Planet. 

Outside the city centre, there’s plenty on offer too. Lark Lane has unique shops and street markets a-plenty, Lord Street in Southport is an elegant parade of Victorian arcades, and West Kirby in Wirral is a must for boutique shopping. Venture further east and you’ll find Wavertree Retail Park, consisting of 105,000 square feet of leasable space, as well as Liverpool Shopping Park, an out-of-town retail destination located in Edge Lane. Then there’s Cheshire Oaks – the first and largest designer outlet in the UK, featuring high-street favourites including Nike, Adidas, Pandora and Diesel and designer labels such as Coach, Kate Spade and Hugo Boss.  

There are plenty of attractions to lure you to Liverpool

Along with every retail experience imaginable, there are leisure activities to suit every taste. If a spot of culture is your thing, you will find that Liverpool has the second highest number of museums and galleries in the UK, beaten only by London. Visit The Walker Art Gallery or Tate Liverpool, to explore contemporary art, or The Merseyside Maritime Museum to delve into Liverpool’s seafaring history.  

There’s also a diverse food scene with everything from simple street food to delectable high-end dining. Castle Street is a foodies’ dream – sample Indian street food at Mowgli, freshly made pizzas at Rudy’s, or beautiful Italian at San Carlo, washed down with local gin from the Liverpool Gin Distillery.  

If you’re into sports, Aintree Racecourse plays host to the legendary Grand National. For fitness fanatics, there are loads of facilities across the city, from chains such as David Lloyd to independent gyms such as Hot Fit and Steel Habitat. 

Excellent transport links make Liverpool a fantastic retail location

Liverpool is well connected by road

To the east, the M62 motorway connects Liverpool with Hull and provides links to Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. This also provides a connection to both the M6 and M1 motorways, giving access to Birmingham, London, Nottingham, Preston and Sheffield.  

Liverpool has an excellent rail network

The Merseyrail network offers services across 68 stations around the wider area. There is also an Underground rail system, with four stations across the city centre at Lime Street, Liverpool Central, Moorfields and James Street. From Lime Street, it takes just over two hours to reach London by train. 

Convenient bus routes in Liverpool

Queen Square bus station, near Lime Street railway station, offers services north and east of the city, whereas Liverpool One bus station has services that go to the south and east and is also the stop for National Express coach services.  

Liverpool’s airport is within easy reach of the city centre

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around 25 minutes drive, or 45 minutes on public transport, from the centre of the city, and offers flights across the UK and Europe to destinations including Belfast, Milan, Warsaw, Geneva and more. There is also Manchester Airport, under an hour away by car and just over an hour away by train. 

Business amenities in Liverpool

Whether you need space for a small workshop or a large company event, Liverpool has plenty of choices. You can opt for the stylish boardroom at Avenue HQ Mann Island or the grand Council Room at the LMI Conference Centre. For an exciting, edgy backdrop, rent the industrial-chic Studio at Scale Liverpool. If you need more, the University of Liverpool’s conference centre, the Quaker Meeting Room or The Venue at the historic Royal Liver Building are all great options. 

From boutique hotels and 5-star luxury to budget-friendly options, Liverpool has a wide range of excellent accommodation. Enjoy a waterside view at the luxurious Malmaison Liverpool, travel back in time at the 19th-century Devonshire House Hotel, or opt for a chic option at the Racquet Club Hotel. Crowne Plaza, Doubletree by Hilton, and Hope Street Hotel are all popular choices for business travellers, along with familiar chains such as Premier Inn and Travelodge. 

Notable retail tenants in Liverpool

  • Harvey Nicholls 
  • John Lewis 
  • Vivienne Westwood 
  • Cricket
  • David M Robinson
  • Lush
  • Hugo Boss 

The future of retail space in Liverpool

Despite the challenges of lockdown and changes in consumer behaviour, Liverpool is leading the trend of more leisure led hospitality experiences. Following a sizeable investment, the 100,000 sq ft former Debenhams store at Liverpool ONE shopping centre is being converted into a leisure complex, hosting go-karting, bowling, urban golf, dining experiences and a rooftop space.  

Visitors continue to be attracted by the diverse retail and leisure offering in the city centre. In a show of confidence, Liverpool BID Company recently secured the backing of a £5 million master plan to boost footfall through a programme of events that will attract local, national and international visitors.  

Find your next retail property to rent in Liverpool 

Key retail property agents in Liverpool

  • SK Real Estate 
  • Hitchcock Wright
  • Venmore Commercial
  • Mason Owen 
  • Onyx Real Estate 

Where to learn more

We have many articles and guides on the retail industry, covering everything from trends, such as How the pandemic changed retail forever and High streets vs shopping centres to sought-after locations. We recommend reading about emerging ESG trends in retail and key industry trends for 2022 to stay at the forefront of retail.