Two of the major malls in the North West have announced new openings.
Property group Grosvenor has announced three new additions to the food and drink range at its Liverpool One shopping center as operators celebrate continued sales success in the area.
Black Sheep Coffee, the specialty coffee shop chain, will make its Liverpool debut on an 1,800 square foot site in Paradise Place.
The store will feature the brand’s signature coffee menu on the day, offering an exclusive range of 100% specialty grade Robusta beans, Norwegian waffles, smoothies, shakes and light bites. At night, it will transform into a cocktail bar, serving Espresso Martinis, craft beer, wine, sourdough pizza and free popcorn.
The store will feature Black Sheep’s ‘Free Coffee Board’ aimed at tackling social exclusion – customers will be able to donate their loyalty rewards to the Free Coffee Board or purchase a drink voucher at a discounted price to pin on the board. Anyone who cannot afford coffee can redeem the rewards or vouchers for a hot beverage of their choice.
Black Sheep will also forego single-use plastics as part of its commitment to sustainability.
Pan-Asian restaurant COSMO is set to launch its global buffet concept in the city in July from an 11,000 square foot site on Liverpool One’s Manesty’s Lane. The restaurant will include a bar and a counter dedicated to desserts, as well as its spacious seating area. Diners can enjoy Asian, Continental, and grilled options, as well as teppanyaki made to order.
Finally, pop-up bar and high-demand street food hub The Bus Yard has extended its lease until early September. Therefore, the brand will continue to offer visitors to Chavasse Park at Liverpool One an assortment of drinks, food and musical entertainment throughout the summer.
The three additions to Liverpool One’s F&B range follow strong sales performance among the destination’s hotel operators. F&B sales were up 9% in May compared to the same month in 2019, while year-to-date F&B sales are ahead 18% over the same period in 2019.
Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, co-founders of Black Sheep Coffee, said: “We are delighted to be opening at Liverpool One. This will be our very first location in Liverpool and we are super excited.
Rob Deacon, Senior Asset Manager, Grosvenor, said: “As evidenced by the continued strong performance of our F&B operators, Liverpool One offers a fantastic food, drink and entertainment offering in the heart of the most sociable city in the world. UK. The addition of Black Sheep Coffee and COSMO, along with the continued presence of The Bus Yard, provide even more choice to meet the huge and sustained consumer demand.
These latest signings add to a growing string of announcements for Liverpool One, following recent F&B openings of the Bean cafe and Gordon Ramsay’s upscale casual dining concept Bread Streat Kitchen, as well as the opening from vintage retailer The Vintage Store and signature luxury shoe brand, Kick Game.
Metis and Stärka played for Liverpool One. Savills has performed for COSMO, Black Sheep Coffee and The Bus Yard live.
Meanwhile, Manchester Arndale says UK favorite dessert restaurant brand Creams Cafe will open a new 2,325 square foot store in the centre.
The store, which has been leased for a 15-year lease, will offer the full Creams Cafe experience with the brand’s dessert menu – from sundaes and shakes to waffles and pancakes – for dinner, takeout and the delivery.
Rental continues the expansion of Creams which now has over 100 restaurants and outlets across the UK.
Creams’ arrival follows news that Betfred has signed a 10-year lease for a 1,346 square foot unit in Manchester Arndale. The bookmaker has a well-known connection to the North West region, with founder Fred Done opening his first betting shop in Salford in 1967.
As well as Creams Cafe and Betfred, Manchester Arndale is set to welcome another major multinational F&B brand early next year after signing a 15-year lease for a new 3,700 square foot flagship store in the centre.
Manchester Arndale has also agreed a new 10-year lease with jewelery specialist Pandora, which has expanded its space at the centre. Previously located in unit L5, Pandora has taken up an additional 1,600 square feet of space in the adjacent unit to meet strong buyer demand for its product line.
Alongside the three newcomers and the expansion of Pandora, Manchester Arndale has also agreed new long-term lease renewals with popular F&B brands Pizza Hut and Café Nero, both signing new five-year terms, while the Footwear brand Dr Martins has also agreed to a new five-year contract. to rent out.
These recent lettings and lease renewals mean that Manchester Arndale has now reached 95% commercial occupancy. During this time, it expanded its F&B offer with the arrival of Slim Chickens, Kokoro, Tim Hortons and Pizza Luxe, while continuing to develop its fashion offer by welcoming Debenhams.com, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose, Kurt Geiger and Kick Game in last months.
Colin Flinn, spokesman for Manchester Arndale, said: “Experiential retail is becoming increasingly important to centers like Manchester Arndale and having a strong F&B offer helps encourage shoppers to come to Manchester Arndale. store rather than shopping online. We hope to announce new rental and leasing activity across the center as we seek to maintain Manchester Arndale’s position as a leading shopping and leisure destination in the UK.
Othman Shoukat, Managing Director of Creams Café, said: “We are delighted to be opening in iconic Manchester Arndale and are confident that Creams Cafe will be a much-loved addition to the centre’s already impressive food and catering range. commercial. beverage outlets. With a successful restaurant already in operation in Cheetham Hill, we look forward to bringing our delicious desserts to even more members of the Manchester community.
Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are the letting agents retained by Manchester Arndale.