Cheetham & Mortimer calls time on first home

After three decades at the office where the retail agency was established in Manchester's St Ann's Square in 1978, Cheetham & Mortimer is on the move to 86 Deansgate.

Warwick Smither, senior partner at Cheetham & Mortimer, commented: "This move represents an exciting time for Cheetham & Mortimer and will provide us with contemporary, newly refurbished office space in a prime city centre location, with unique views over Deansgate. Having been in the same offices for the last 34 years, it is a momentous move as we look to take the business forward."

The 17,000 sq ft office building was refurbished by owner Brooklawn Deansgate. Cheetham & Mortimer has taken 2,300 sq ft on the first floor on a ten-year lease.

John Whitehurst of Brooklawn Deansgate said: "Having been dramatically transformed and newly remodeled, 86 Deansgate will provide Cheetham & Mortimer with superb Grade A office space in a very central and busy location on Deansgate. The Building also benefits from an unrivalled aspect overlooking Parsonage Gardens, one of Manchester's few green open spaces. The first floor feature balcony over the reception also provides Cheetham & Mortimer with an individual feel to their entrance within the building, which was a key decision-making benefit. We are delighted that Cheetham & Mortimer has chosen to move to 86 Deansgate, which we are confident will provide a great, modern office space for them to develop the practice."

Smither added: "Over the past three decades Cheetham & Mortimer has become a leading retail and leisure specialist, carving out a reputation for being a niche, partner-led practice, whilst servicing clients on a national basis. As a practice we have a strong and healthy pipeline and are retained by clients such as Boots and M&S, as well as working with major retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Next, Debenhams, Argos, Halfords and Waitrose amongst others.

"We are also working on significant regional projects such as The Gateway, Piccadilly with Realty Estates, Rochdale's regeneration scheme, Henry Boot's The Court House, Dev Sec's Hale Barns and Chorlton schemes and Hednesford for St Modwen. The move is an integral part of our succession strategy and growth, and signifies the exciting and forward-thinking position the practice is in."

WHR advised Cheetham & Mortimer whilst CBRE acted for the landlord Brooklawn Deansgate.

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