The Botanist Warrington

The Botanist signs up in Warrington

Time Square, the £142m mixed-use scheme in the town centre, has secured its first food & beverage tenant in The Botanist, which has signed up for 10,000 sq ft.

Due to open in December 2019, the restaurant and bar will have outdoor space and room for nearly 300 covers. It joins Cineworld as a tenant at Time Square; the cinema company will operate a 13-screen, 2,500 seat complex as one of the scheme’s key anchor tenants.

Alongside The Botanist and the cinema, Time Square includes a multi-storey car park, which has already completed; an office for 1,100 Warrington Council staff; and a market. There is also extensive public realm to the centre of the site.

Vinci is currently building out the scheme and is due to complete in early 2020; Leach Rhodes Walker is the architect. The Botanist already operates sites in the North West including at Salford Quays, central Manchester, Knutsford, and Alderley Edge.

Metis acted on behalf of Warrington & Co and developer Muse, while New World Trading Company, parent of The Botanist, represented itself.

Chris Hill, chief executive at The New World Trading Company, said: “Our successful roll-out of The Botanist has always factored in the potential of key regional towns across the UK and Time Square in Warrington was an opportunity not to be missed. The vision for the development aligns with our brand, and it will be an ideal location for increasing our footprint in the North West region.”

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Bravo to the developer for lining up such an exciting tenant! I am sure, however, that it won’t be enough to stop the spice dealers and crack heads from hanging around the town centre.

By Mr Warrington