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Old Town Hall names the day

Published:  26 September, 2016

Three F&B brands sign up ahead of the new leisure scheme’s October opening

Oldham Council has announced that Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), the premium burger brand, Loungers and Nando’s are to launch flagship restaurants in the £36.7m Old Town Hall development.  The opening date has also been revealed, with the scheme set to welcome its first visitors on 21 October.

GBK’s new 2,464-sq ft restaurant is situated next to the Odeon cinema in the development. In Loungers, the all-day café bar concept, is launching a 3,272-sq ft restaurant, along with Nando’s with its 3,264 sq ft eatery.  The three brands join Costa as Old Town Hall’s first raft of tenants to sign.

Councillor Jean Stretton, leader of Oldham council, said: “We are delighted to have formally signed GBK, Loungers and Nando’s and confirmed the opening date.  Along with Odeon and Costa, the Old Town Hall is really taking shape ahead of its opening next month, and we are experiencing very strong interest from a number of other leading restaurants to complete the line-up.

“This first wave of signings also reflects the growing recognition that Oldham is changing, thanks to a large extent by significant investment in a range of initiatives in the town centre, from the three tram stops to landmark developments such as the Old Town Hall.

The announcement is the latest phase in the extensive investment programme led by Oldham Council.  The Old Town Hall is being transformed into a new daytime and evening leisure destination for Oldham and north east Greater Manchester.  The new leisure destination includes an 800-seat, seven-screen Odeon cinema and up to seven restaurant units, ranging in size from 2,464 sq ft to 6,700 sq ft.  Many original period features are being restored, and a new glazed addition, the Light Box, is being added to the side of the building, overlooking a new public square for the town centre.

Metis Real Estate Advisors acted for Oldham Council.