Intu Lakeside has signed eight new restaurants for its fast food and express casual dining offer following a £9m investment that has seen a complete reconstruction of the upper food court. The operators have all signed leases ranging from 10 to 15 years and will open this summer.
The reconstruction follows demand for space from retail, leisure and catering operators, keen to take advantage of the 25m annual footfall at intu Lakeside. It comes ahead of the construction of a new £100m leisure quarter, which will see the arrival of further catering names, as well as leisure uses such as family entertainment venues and health and fitness facilities.
The catering names joining this modern design food court include the first shopping centre location for renowned Italian chef and TV personality Gino D’Acampo’s My Pasta Bar. US burger chain Five Guys is also set to open at intu Lakeside this summer. And Tortilla, the independent Californian Burritos and Tacos restaurant is opening its sixth store outside London at intu Lakeside
Harpers British Classics, which specialises in good quality, hearty homemade British food, will be opening its first unit outside of its Midlands’ heartland at intu Lakeside and London-centric sushi and Japanese cuisine chain Wasabi has begun expanding further afield this year. The operators will be joined by Patisserie Valerie, Thai Express and Nandos.
As well as the eight new names, the remodelled 1,100-seat food hall will incorporate existing tenants such as Ed’s Easy Diner, Taco Bell and Pizza Express, to produce an enhanced dining experience in spaces that range from 400 to 3,000 sq ft.
Julian Wilkinson, regional director for intu, said: “The contemporary, cutting edge design of the £9 million food court investment allows us to provide a perfect backdrop for exciting brands such as these and allows intu Lakeside to ensure it offers the same freshness within its catering offer as we do in our retail mix. Two further units are currently in solicitor’s hands.”
CWM and Lunson Mitchenall advised intu Lakeside.