Cheshire West and Chester Council set to exhibit at Revo 2019
12 September 2019Cheshire West and Chester Council will be promoting the many retail and leisure opportunities on offer across the borough, at Revo 2019 in Liverpool from 17 to 19 September.
As owner and developer of Barons Quay Northwich, a 220,000 sq ft development, which opened in 2016 anchored by ASDA and the Odeon, the Council’s management team will be on hand at Stand 8 to discuss what remaining units are available to those businesses wishing to invest in this thriving town centre.
Over the last 15 months, retailers H&M, The Entertainer, Card Factory and Sports Direct have all opened and are trading well with The Entertainer toy store set to increase the size of its current unit by 25 per cent due to successful trading figures since opening in November 2018, just nine months ago.
River Island is the latest retailer to exchange on a 8,700 sq ft unit in the development. Work on the fit out is due to commence imminently to ensure that the new store is up and running as soon as possible, in order to maximise pre-Christmas trade. Head of Property at River Island, John Sigler said: “We are delighted to be opening River Island in Barons Quay. We are looking forward to showcasing more of our products in a new store and location, enabling us to create the best shopping experience possible for new and existing customers”.
In recent years, the Council has adapted its strategy to reflect the changing retail environment and is now focussed on creating a mixed use leisure and retail offer for local residents and visitors to Northwich. The opening of Barons Quay Social, a local street food, live music and events venue, which offers space for community groups to use during quieter opening times, highlights the emphasis on a combined leisure and community offer. Regional operator The Coffee House will also open later this year.
In addition, The Ice Cream Farm, the world’s largest ice cream parlour, is set to open a brand-new restaurant and play concept at Barons Quay in the new year - Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest. Praising the Council’s approach to adapting to change Director of The Ice Cream Farm, Jonathan Fell 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 of Cheshire West and Chester Council, and it’s great to see councils diversifying their attitude in this way.”
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “As a result of the Council’s flexible approach in the face of the rapidly changing high street, we have attracted a mix of high-street brands that are now trading alongside independents from both the retail and leisure sectors.
“We have several other potential tenants in the pipeline, which we hope to announce soon and we continue to work hard to fill the remaining units and make Barons Quay somewhere that suits all ages and has something for everyone – a place that residents and visitors can be proud of.”