Everton star opens café at Downing office

The latest phase in Downing's £15m transformation of The Capital office building in Liverpool city centre is a Woodwards café owned by former Everton FC player Alan Stubbs and his wife Mandy.

The cafe is the third in the Woodwards chain, joining branches in Formby and Birkdale.

Robin Ellis, senior agency surveyor at Downing, said: "The range and size of the Capital's facilities are what sets it apart from other commercial properties. Woodwards is a great addition, providing added value for our tenants and another valuable social and meeting space for the business district.

"We've been heavily involved in the seating design and layout: space is a luxury we wanted customers to enjoy and the standard of design and comfort is unmatched in Liverpool."

Paul Garton, managing director of Woodwards, said: "We wanted the cafe to be attractive both to tenants of the building and those who are working in and visiting the commercial district.

"We've have built our brand around excellent staff and quality service and believe that Woodwards cafe is a perfect fit for the Capital building."

In December 2008, Downing completed a deal to bring Tesco to the Capital. The 4,000 sq ft Tesco Express store, fronting Old Hall Street, is currently being fitted out and is due to open over the summer.

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