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Published:  22 May, 2015

Aviva Investors’ new Exeter dining destination confirms first restaurant

Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay is the first to sign up to opening a new restaurant in Exeter's new Queen St dining quarter. Turtle Bay will take a prime 4,000-sq ft unit facing out onto Queen Street itself, having signed contracts for a 25-year lease with landlord Aviva Investors. With 15 restaurants across the UK, the Exeter restaurant at Queen St will become Turtle Bay's first branch in the South West.

Opening in May 2016, Queen St will become Exeter's premier dining location. The project will see the Guildhall shopping centre’s neo-classical façade on Queen Street transformed, create a new entrance from the high street and reinvent the three public spaces within the centre itself: Market Square, bordered by amphitheatre-style seating areas, St Pancras Square overlooking the beautiful 13th-Century St Pancras Church and Goldsmith Square, making them all more welcoming and attractive to shoppers and diners alike.

Simon Green, associate director of Aviva Investors said: “It's a great start to the project and signals the way forward for regenerating the offer at the Guildhall shopping centre.”

Over 70 per cent of the total floor area is either in solicitors hands or already exchanged. Jackson Criss is letting agent.