SOMERSET-based shoe manufacturer Clarks has opened a mammoth new outlet store.

The brand has unveiled its new flagship store at Clarks Village, Somerset Outlet Shopping, in Street.

The store was officially opened on Wednesday (July 22) with a joint ribbon cutting ceremony by Clarks store manager Helen Dunn and Chris Davis, centre director for Clarks Village.

The new store has enough space to hold around 10,400 pairs of shoes, with anything up to 40,000 pairs on site at any one time.

Clarks was founded in 1825 in Somerset, where it still has its headquarters to this day, while selling more than 50 million pairs of shoes each year.

Helen said: “This was our first outlet store, and it is now our largest in the world, at 1,300 square metres.

"We can’t wait to welcome our customers back and provide them with a first-class shopping experience.

“There is now even more space to aid social distancing while you browse our range of shoes, handbags and accessories.

"We have everything needed to provide a safe shopping experience for our customers and their families.

“For those looking to get their kids ready for their summer, or prepare for Back to School in September, we have an enormous range of kids shoes.

"We also have dedicated ‘pods’, where each child has their own zone while their feet are measured. We will tailor our staff’s approach and the protective equipment in place, making sure you - and your little ones - are happy.”

Centre director Mr Davis added: “Clarks Village is thrilled to welcome Clarks' latest flagship store to the outlet.

"The brand is a huge part of our heritage, being the first outlet store to open at the site in 1993, and we hope the new store will allow shoppers to experience the brand like never before.”

Initially, the new store will have an adults offering supported by handbags and accessories, with the kids store moving over in September after the Back To School period.

Since reopening in June, Clarks Village has introduced a number of safety measures to keep shoppers safe including hand sanitiser points throughout the centre, a one way system to ensure social distancing can be maintained, floor stickers and signs to remind guests to keep the required distance apart and a queuing system for entry to the centre.

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