River Island and leisure attraction join Barons Quay line-up

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.

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It’s still a white elephant!
Will eventually be demolished.

By Bingo

It appears to have been a very wise investment. It could soon prove to be sustainably commercialy profitable as well as economically profitable for the local economy.

By James Yates

Am from Northwich and am afraid the report is wrong! There isnt a Marks and Spencers in Northwich anymore it has left Barons quay!

Its been three years since being finished and its still not even a third full as per units not sq footage! Cheshire west and chester council has been a disaster for Northwich. Lets hope in the next round of borough reorganisations we finaly detach our selves from them!

By Northwich

Fantastic news, good to see all the doubters are being proven wrong

By Northwich lad

Fed up of hearing nothing but negativity re Barons Quay. As somebody who works in property and lives in Northwich, it is great to see how bustling it is, especially at the weekend. Barons Quay Social has been a massive coup. BQ is driving forward in a positive direction. Stop moaning!

By Big up BQ

Obviously some of our northwich residents are easily pleased problem is they dont give you the true facts like northwich does!

Cheshire west and chester said barons quay would complement weaver square shopping centre!

Look at weaver square now 2 shops out of about 30 full and barons quay like northwich says “less than a third full” and now M&S have gone! its just not good enough we need resignations by the councillors involved in this fiasco!

By mid cheshire resident

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