Design for new food court

First occupiers announced for Arndale’s latest food hall

M&G Real Estate and Intu have confirmed the first three brands to join the line-up at Halle Place, Manchester Arndale’s new £11m food and beverage development.

The 25,000 sq ft fully refurbished space, previously occupied by shops, will house Tapas Revolution, Barburrito and The Fizz! Bar by Frizzenti, in the first three of 10 new eateries being created. The Arndale already has two food halls, next to the market and in the extension anchored by Next.

At Halle Place, Tapas Revolution, the tapas restaurant group founded by Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy, will open its first restaurant in Manchester as part of its growth plan beyond the capital. The 2,800 sq ft restaurant has been secured on a 15-year lease.

Barburrito will trade from a 2,100 sq ft unit on a 15-year lease. Finally, “styled on Sophia Loren and Capri in Italy”, The Fizz! Bar by Frizzenti will be opening a new 1,300 sq ft Prosecco Bar on a 10-year lease.

As well as providing a host of casual dining brands in a bespoke new eating and drinking hub, the Halle Square redevelopment will facilitate the provision of a major new 28,000 sq ft flagship store for JD Sports, which is launching a new concept store. This letting sees JD Sports sign a 15-year lease.

Kannika Mall, asset manager at M&G Real Estate, said: “The immediate demand from restaurant brands for space in a designated dining zone has served as evidence of an untapped market within Manchester city centre for a casual dining offer. Three of the ten units have already been snapped up and ongoing discussions are taking place with a host of other established and up-and-coming food and drink businesses. We are confident that Halle Place will become a popular and bustling, all-day dining destination for people from across the region and add to the appeal of this dominant city centre shopping environment.”

Manchester Arndale is owned jointly by M&G Real Estate and Intu, and is managed by CBRE. The retained agents are JLL and Metis Real Estate Advisors.

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Bring it on, as just now the place is all boarded up and is frankly depressing….

By Schwyz

Knock the thing down, put it and Manchester out of its overshadowing misery.

By Loganberry

That’s very fitting surname for Kannika. I always liked the market/food hall when it had all the little shops in it. The Micro brewery and was it Zorba’s or Zeus that did the Greek salads etc. Can’t there be a bit more of this? And the little pick n mix sweet shop. And there was a lovely curry place too. Yum!

By Russell Bolton

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