Norwich’s Chapelfield Shopping Centre is to get a new identity and introduce free wifi for shoppers after its owner announced plans for a £25m revamp.

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Capital Shopping Centres, whose 15-strong portfolio also includes, the Trafford Centre in Manchester and the Metrocentre in Gateshead, will adopt the name “intu” as part of the nationwide rebrand for 12 of its sites.

The move mirrors the use of the Westfield name by its rival developer, which has five shopping centres under its own name in the UK.

As well as the creation of names such as the “intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre”, “intu Trafford Centre” and “intu Lakeside”, the company will install free wifi across its estate so shoppers can log on to the internet and its website from their smartphones.

The company plans to sell fashion items from its tenants and other retailers on the intu site, which will be launched in April.

Capital Shopping Centres hopes the move will increase spending for its tenants in store and online, with greater footfall and shoppers staying longer.

David Fischel, chief executive of Capital Shopping Centres, said at present there was no link between the company name and its individual centres, and the plans would provide new marketing opportunities.

He said the group had to come up with a new word for its name as it was hard to trademark existing words.

Mr Fischel added: “It also says what we want people to do, which is to go into the centres.”

6 comments

  • Norwich already has an "Into" at the UEA. Management at its best again I see. Don't put some screens up telling people about the place, just change the name to something so obscure it really does not even deserve a comment. Well at least the management can count on a nice big bonus for all their hard work then.

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    COLD

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • "intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre". Sounds much better than "Chapelfield"?? Are they insane. No one will call it that. “It also says what we want people to do, which is to go into the centres” - is this man for real?!!

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Does this mean they will not be heading "intu" bankruptcy any time soon? What a silly idea ..no one will use it and they will waste a lot of money....

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    kevin rymell

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Idiotitist strikes again.

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    COLD

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • You don't have to be dumb to operate a retail store in Norwich, but it certainly might help.

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    COLD

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Agreed. Not very intu-itive I feel.

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    JCW

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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