In Review 2022: Store openings, refurbs and pop-ups
2022 has seen a variety of store openings across the beauty industry, from nationwide retail expansions to UK store debuts.
As we approach 2023, TheIndustry.beauty has highlighted the top store openings, refurbs and expansions of 2022, as well as some of the beauty pop-ups from the past year.
New stores, refurbs and expansions
British perfume brand Penhaligon’s opened its first Welsh store at St David's Cardiff. The 420 sq ft store features a bespoke interior, designed to "inspire and delight on every visit".
Diptyque opened a UK flagship boutique on Sloane Street in London. The boutique is Diptyque's largest store in the UK and the second boutique to be designed in the brand’s new retail concept.
H&M’s flagship store at 324 Regent Street reopened with a revamped look, complete with a new Beauty Bar concept in partnership with Dashl and the launch of H&M Rental in the UK.
Townhouse opened a salon in London's Notting Hill, showcasing the brand's local salon concept for the first time. Designed for the local community, the 'Petit Townhouse' concept offers the brand's usual elements in a "smaller, local package".
Sephora returned to the UK market, taking over the former Feelunique website, which was acquired by the beauty retailer in September 2021. It also confirmed the 2023 opening of four new stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
Charlotte Tilbury opened a store at Liverpool ONE, marking the brand's first standalone UK store outside of London. The store provides an "all encompassing beauty destination" with beauty services, expertise and artistry.
Ted’s Grooming Room opened on the Sloane Stanley Estate. The barbershop, designed in-house with a 1920’s cinema theme, features the brand’s traditional barber chairs and eclectic décor to provide an "immersive and intimate" experience.
Ayurvedic skincare brand Forest Essentials opened its first UK store at London's Covent Garden. The store marks the brand's first international store and was designed with minimalism in mind.
Rituals opened its first premium store and flagship wellbeing hub in the UK, located at Battersea Power Station. As part of this, the store includes a in-store skincare consultation station.
French beauty retailer Oh My Cream opened its first-ever UK store at Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. This was later joined by a second store opening on King's Road in London.
Molton Brown opened its refurbished flagship store on London's Regent Street, creating an interactive space that celebrates the brand's roots and champions sustainability.
A 6,000 sq ft department store with a focus on sustainability, called The Good Store, opened in London’s Mayfair. The store carries a selection of sustainable products and brands across clothing, accessories, health and beauty, furniture, homeware, tech and books.
Luxury skincare brand Aesop opened a new store on London's Regent Street. The store features the brand's complete range of skincare, haircare and bodycare products, with trained consultants available to offer advice.
Diptyque opened its remodelled Spitalfields boutique, marking the brand's first UK store to feature its new retail concept. The store was reimagined to create a marriage between the brand's Parisian roots and the East London location.
Justmylook opened its debut store in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The shop features an interactive area, showcasing a hand-picked selection of TikTok’s most viral products, inspired by the #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt trend.
Lush revealed a new look for its store at Bluewater Shopping Centre, doubling the size of its original unit with a retail area of 145 sq metres.
Flannels opened its Liverpool flagship store, which fuses retail and leisure under one roof, with a blend of top brands, dining options and in-house experiences.
Space NK opened its first-ever double-level store at 3 Neals Yard in Covent Garden, spanning 2,000 sq ft and offering a larger edit of beauty brands than ever before.
Harrods opened its fourth standalone H beauty store in the UK, with a 25,300 sq ft space at Bristol’s The Mall Cribbs Causeway.
Next opened its first store in the UK to combine home, fashion and beauty under one location. The 94,478 sq ft department store is spread across three floors at the Atria Watford shopping centre.
Skin Laundry opened a store and clinic in Chelsea, London. Located on 69A Kings Road, the space offers two private treatment rooms and a physical store for its range of skincare products.
Highlight pop-ups moments
Lush opened an immersive pop-up experience at Westfield London, called The Lush Lounge. The pop-up featured a variety of wellness-inspired activities, including mood-based galleries, massages, complimentary gifting and bespoke services.
Harry Styles' beauty brand Pleasing opened a month-long pop-up in London to mark the brand's first anniversary and festive season. Located at 19 Foubert’s Place, the London pop-up was joined by two other openings in New York and Los Angeles.
Cult Beauty opened a pop-up in London’s Soho, called The House of Thrills. The shop showcased some of the retailer's most-loved brands ahead of the festive season.
The Beauty Beat, a beauty festival celebrating Women of Colour, held its first-ever event in London. Powered by Instagram and supported by The British Beauty Council, the festival was labelled as the "first of its kind in the UK".
Shiseido opened its first UK pop-up at Covent Garden in London. To celebrate the brand's 150th anniversary, the pop-up hosted a series of creative workshops, expert masterclasses, panel talks and influencer meet and greets.
Kylie Cosmetics opened an immersive beauty experience in London's Covent Garden to celebrate its makeup and skincare launches, as well as summer glam looks.
Benefit Cosmetics launched The Benefit Brunch pop-up to celebrate its brow products. The pop-up allowed visitors to sample the brand's range of brow products, from new launches to bestsellers.
Lookfantastic hosted its first pop-up at Manchester's Trafford Centre. The shop showcased some of the retailer's bestselling, TikTok viral products through a custom-made, built-in conveyer belt.
Beauty Pie opened a "Warehouse of Dreams" pop-up shop in Covent Garden. The pop-up was designed to emphasise Beauty Pie's transparent approach to pricing.
US-based beauty brand Tatcha opened a pop-up store in London's Covent Garden, following the skincare brand's UK launch at Space NK.
Trinny London opened its first-ever interactive experience, with a three day pop-up at The Vinyl Factory in Soho. The Trinny London Land shop celebrated the launch of the brand's skincare collection.
The Inkey List opened its first pop-up in London's Covent Garden, offering consumers the chance to experience a unique integrated physical and digital event and build their own skincare.
Vieve opened its first-ever pop-up at Covent Garden in London. The shop offered visitors the opportunity to discover and shop the brand's products, receive a complimentary touch up with a Vieve makeup artist and attend a series of events.