The fashion retailer and a leisure attraction are the latest tenants to line up a move to the retail scheme in Northwich, joining existing occupiers including H&M, Sports Direct, and Odeon.
River Island is lining up a move into the 8,500 sq ft units 14-16 opposite The Entertainer and next to Marks & Spencer; while the deal is yet to be formally confirmed, River Island’s move has been revealed by planning documents, which show the company’s signage at the unit.
It will join fellow retailers H&M, Sports Direct, Card Factory, and The Entertainer at the 225,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme, completed by Cheshire West & Chester Council in 2016.
Elsewhere within the development, the team behind Tattenhall’s The Ice Cream Farm is set to open a restaurant and play concept totalling around 7,000 sq ft.
Set to open in early 2020, the concept will include an indoor play area and a 200-cover restaurant targeted at young families.
Jonathan Fell, director of The Ice Cream Farm said: “Local authorities need to identify the importance of utilising proven leisure concepts to drive footfall in areas that require regeneration.
“We wouldn’t be able to create this new offering without the forward thinking and support from CWAC and it’s great to see Barons Quay diversifying their attitude in this way.
“We have carried out an in-depth branding strategy to make sure this new concept fits in the urban environment and a lot of time and investment has gone into making sure it’s done right. The Ice Cream Farm’s usual ethos of ‘inclusive not exclusive’ is still at the heart of the new concept and visitors can spend as little or as much as they want.”
Earlier this month, the 10,000 sq ft Barons Quay Social also opened, adding to the existing leisure offering of an Odeon cinema and Wildwood restaurant.
Brasier Freeth and GCW are the retained agents for Barons Quay.