Manchester Arndale reaches 95% retail occupancy

Manchester Arndale has announced that dessert restaurant brand, Creams Cafe, will be opening a new 2,325sq ft store at the centre. The store has been let on a 15-year lease.

Creams’ arrival follows news that Betfred has signed a 10-year lease for a 1,346sq ft unit within Manchester Arndale. 

As well as Creams Cafe and Betfred, Manchester Arndale is due to welcome another leading multinational F&B brand early next year after it signed a 15-year lease for a new 3,700sq ft flagship store in the centre. 

The Centre has also agreed a new 10-year lease with Pandora, who have increased their space. Previously located in Unit L5, Pandora has taken a further 1,600 q ft of space in the adjacent unit to cater for the strong demand it is seeing from shoppers for its range of products. 

Alongside the three new arrivals and Pandora’s expansion, Manchester Arndale has also agreed new long-term lease renewals with Pizza Hut and Café Nero both signing for new five-year terms, while footwear brand Dr Martins has also agreed a new five-year lease. 

These recent lettings and lease renewals mean that Manchester Arndale has now reached 95% retail occupancy. During that time Manchester Arndale has expanded its F&B offering with the arrival of Slim Chickens, Kokoro, Tim Hortons and Pizza Luxe, while continuing to grow its fashion offering by welcoming Debenhams.com, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose, Kurt Geiger, and Kick Game in recent months. 

All of these new openings, along with new leisure operators including Urban Playground and Roxy Ballroom, have continued to enhance Manchester Arndale’s reputation as a leading retail and leisure destination in the North West. 

Colin Flinn, spokesperson for Manchester Arndale, said: “We are delighted that lettings activity remains strong at Manchester Arndale, and we welcome our new arrivals to the centre as we continue to grow our F&B and leisure offering. We are also pleased to announce new lease renewals for Pizza Hut, Café Nero, and Dr Martens, as well as the upsizing by Pandora, as it highlights their commitment to – and faith in – the long-term performance of Manchester Arndale, recognising its place as a leading destination which continues to attract millions of visitors from across the North West and beyond.

“Experiential retail is becoming increasingly important for centres like Manchester Arndale and having a strong F&B offering helps to encourage shoppers to visit in-store as opposed to shopping online. We hope to announce further new lettings and leasing activity across the centre as we seek to maintain Manchester Arndale’s position as a premier retail and leisure destination in the UK.”

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