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Peel launches MediaCity retail

Published:  27 May, 2010

WH Smith has become the first retailer to sign up for a unit at MediaCityUK, Peel’s new studio facility in Manchester.

Phase 1 of MediaCityUK, which will be completed in 2011, includes approximately 80,000 sq ft for retail and leisure use. The space will be divided into a range of units across the site. The open centre will feature a split level reception area that will house bars, cafés and an information point where visitors and studio audiences will be able to grab a bite to eat and learn more about what’s happening at MediaCityUK.

Bryan Gray, chairman of the Peel Media Group said: “Ensuring we have the appropriate blend of retail outlets at MediaCityUK is paramount to creating the right ambience and building a city environment. WH Smith is a well-known high street brand and we are pleased that they will be serving the needs of visitors, residents and employees at MediaCityUK.”

Developed and managed by Peel Holdings, owner of the Trafford Centre, MediaCityUK will house to around 5,000 workers, students, residents and visitors when Phase 1 is completed next year. This includes nearly 2,500 BBC staff, and 700 students and staff from the University of Salford.