Tomas Maunier Fazenda

COMMENT | Leisure beyond the city centre

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As the city expands outwards with no apparent slowdown in the number of bars and restaurant openings, it is natural for ambitious leisure companies to look outside central Manchester for new venues, writes Tomas Maunier, director at Fazenda Group. But can the suburbs sustain a mid-market brand?

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Peel-led consortium explores £2bn Intu bid

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Eight years after Intu acquired the Trafford Centre from Peel in a £1.65bn deal which saw Peel chairman John Whittaker take a 20% stake in the company, Whittaker is now leading an attempt to buy the rest of Intu's shares.

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Council sets out timeline for first phase of Chester Northgate

Charlie Schouten

A £60m first phase of Chester's Northgate development is set to complete in spring 2021 under a new timeline published by Cheshire West & Chester, which council leaders have said will be the start of "one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK".

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Gulf buyer forward-funds Echo redevelopment

Dubai investor Select Group has acquired Liverpool’s Echo Building from Reach, the publishing group formerly known as Trinity Mirror, for an undisclosed sum.

5 St Mary's Gate Unit

Art & Sole heads to Manchester

Advised by Cheetham & Mortimer, footwear boutique Art & Sole has taken a five-year lease on a 2,500 sq ft unit at 5 St Mary’s Gate, opposite Paperchase and next to Zara between Market Street and Deansgate.

Radisson RED Concept

Operator named for Liverpool’s North Western

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Liverpool’s landmark North Western Hall is to house a Radisson Red hotel, the Scandinavian hospitality group having agreed terms with the building's owner and developer Marcus Worthington Properties, which secured consent for a £30m refurbishment in August.

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Aldi set for refusal in Crewe

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Proposals for an Aldi store off University Way in Crewe have been recommended for refusal after Cheshire East planners argued the land should be set aside for employment use instead of retail.