Swedish fashion chain H&M and Boots have signed for space at Multi Development’s 460,000 sq ft SouthGate development in Bath.

The retailers have signed for a total 51,000 sq ft at the retail and leisure development.

H&M will move into a 21,000 sq ft store split across two levels – the company’s first store in Bath.

Boots has relocated from a different store in the city to a 30,000 sq ft unit.

Leasing manager at Multi Developments Richard Green said: ‘It is Multi’s aim to attract new retailers to Bath, including some of Europe’s most sought-after names.

'The fact that H&M will occupy a substantial size of store confirms the potential the company sees in the city. The signing also sends out a strong positive signal to other retailers contemplating coming to Bath.’

The £360m SouthGate’s first phase will open in autumn 2009.

The scheme comprises six new buildings for the spa town and includes 404,221 sq ft of retail space, including a new Debenhams department store 37,897 sq ft leisure space and 24,511 sq ft of restaurant space as well as more than 90 new homes, 23 of which will be assigned as affordable housing.