Electric Playbox and Roxy Lanes boost Manchester Arndale leisure offer

M&G Real Estate and intu, joint owners of Manchester Arndale, have announced the opening of Electric Playbox and Roxy Lanes this summer.

Electric Playbox has signed a 10-year lease for a 3,047 sq ft unit at Halle Place, while Roxy Lanes has signed a 20-year lease for 14,000 sq ft of space on Withy Grove. Both venues are expected to open in line with the government advice issued for leisure venues.

Electric Playbox is an interactive digital adventure with each ‘playbox’ offering a different concept. Visuals and graphics are projected onto all four walls in each booth and customers’ movements are tracked using motion sensors and touch screens.

Roxy Lanes at Manchester Arndale will be its tenth UK venue and its second in the city, alongside its popular Deansgate venue. Roxy offers friendly competitive games, including bowling, gaming and indoor golf, which visitors can enjoy alongside great food and drink.

Colin Flinn, regional managing director at intu, said on behalf of the joint owners: “While people have been unable to visit leisure and non-essential retail venues over the last few months, we’re expecting an increase in demand over the coming weeks as lockdown restrictions lift. We want to ensure that Manchester Arndale remains an exciting, fun and safe place for all of our customers to visit time and again.”

“The introduction of Electric Playbox and Roxy Ballroom is a testament to the centre’s enduring success and popularity and its ability to adapt to new trends. Extending our leisure offer means we’re providing something people can’t just purchase online. These two venues are great additions to the dynamic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities people can enjoy.”

Manchester Arndale is owned jointly by M&G Real Estate and intu. The retained agents are Time Retail Partners and Metis Real Estate Advisors.

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