Shopping Centre

Intu uncorks new Lakeside attraction

Published:  03 July, 2013

Flagship champagne bar to add theatre and ambience at the heart of intu Lakeside

Intu Lakeside has signed 360 Champagne & Cocktails to open a flagship champagne and cocktail bar right in the heart of the shopping centre. This is the fourth 360 bar within the intu portfolio and will be its largest yet, offering 120 seats.

The luxury operator is proving extremely popular with intu customers and first opened at intu Trafford Centre in 2011, then at intu Metrocentre and intu Braehead last year.

The company has taken a 1,862-sq ft unit on a 10-year lease and intu is undertaking substantial works to create a new floor out from the existing mall, which is cantilevered over the central atrium.

Jonathan Ainsley, asset management director at intu, said: “360 bars are trading extremely well in other intu centres reflecting the desire of our shoppers to try new and aspirational offers. We specifically sought a champagne bar for this location as it will really add to the ambience at the heart of the centre and is visible from three levels. Research across our portfolio has shown that both spend and dwell times increase by two thirds for those customers visiting a catering outlet, so it is also good news for our retailers.”