Clarks Village is a designer outlet shopping complex at Street in the English county of Somerset. The centre includes more than 90 shops. There are also coffee shops, refreshment stalls and a dining area shared by fast food chains, mostly selling goods at a discount to high street prices.
It is sited in the redundant factory buildings of C&J Clark which was established in the village during the 19th century when Cyrus Clark started a business in sheepskin rugs, later joined by his brother James, who introduced the production of woollen slippers and, later, boots and shoes. but shoes are no longer manufactured there.
The Shoe Museum, which is a short distance from Clarks Village, provides a wealth of information about the history of Clarks and footwear manufacture in general, and a selection of shop display showcards from the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s, and television advertisements. The frontage of the shoe museum includes the clock tower and water tower.
The site is owned by the Hermes Real Estate group and managed by REALM Ltd, who also manage a number of other outlet centres in the United Kingdom.
In September 2013, a new centre manager Geoffrey Nidd took charge and introduced a series of changes which attracted widespread condemnation of the local community, village tenants and shoppers. These included the relocation of a landmark sculpture, increasing car parking charges, changing the centre's opening hours often with no publicity or warning. The village tenants reported falling visitor numbers and many popular landmarks stores, including Nike, Addidas, Prices Candles, FatFace, Lacoste and Starbucks have left the village - some being replaced by more expensive designer stores
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