Shopping Centre

Intu boosts Metrocentre catering offer

Published:  25 April, 2013

Three new catering brands feed intu Metrocentre’s appetite

Intu Metrocentre has extended its in centre catering offer just eight months after the successful opening of its 15,000sq ft MetrOasis catering development. 

Ed’s Easy Diner, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Japanese restaurant Ikuze have signed for new units at intu Metrocentre, while Nando’s is increasing its existing space due to strong trading. This activity illustrates the huge appetite for more catering options in the centre, which attracts 23 million shoppers a year.

Retro American diner, Ed’s Easy Diner, is to take a 3,300-sq ft restaurant on the corner of the red mall and the Qube – the dedicated catering area of the scheme. The unit is situated opposite fashion retailer Next and JD Sports and is due to open on 23 April.

Ikuze, which offers a modern twist on Japanese cuisine, has just opened a 1,900-sq ft unit within the Qube. 
Meanwhile Gourmet Burger Kitchen also opened a 2,600-sq ft restaurant in the Qube. Their unit is close to Frankie and Benny’s and Nando’s, which has signed a deal to extend into the adjacent unit, increasing its floorspace from 3,100 sq ft to 4,400 sq ft.

The new openings follow the successful launch of the Circle 360 Champagne Bar, which opened within the centre last autumn. Martin Breeden, asset management director at intu, said: “We opened four restaurants in MetrOasis in the autumn and these further new openings demonstrate the continued strong trading record of leisure and dining at intu Metrocentre. The trend is continuing throughout the intu centres, and we are improving and widening the offer in a number of our locations.”

Intu Metrocentre was represented by intu’s in-house leasing team on all of the deals except for Ikuze, where intu was advised by Sanderson Weatherall. All the restaurants represented themselves apart from Gourmet Burger Kitchen which was advised by CWM.