Cheshire West and Chester Council has signed House of Fraser and a four-star Crowne Plaza hotel and spa for the Chester Northgate development in Chester city centre.
House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s premium department store brand, has signed an agreement to open a new 100,000-sq ft store while an agreement has also been signed with the owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel to relocate within the Chester Northgate development. The new 167-bed hotel will also feature a rooftop restaurant and will include both a spa and a 600-capacity conference facility, the biggest in the city.
As well as the department store and hotel, Chester Northgate will provide a six-screen Picturehouse cinema, around 70 stores, cafés and restaurants, more than 70 homes, and the city’s largest car park.
Council Leader Samantha Dixon said: ““Being able to attract brands like House of Fraser, Picturehouse and Crowne Plaza is a measure of the appeal of Chester Northgate to other occupiers and investors and reinforces our ambition to return Chester to its rightful place as a leading shopping and leisure destination.”
Chester Northgate is being developed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, assisted by development manager Rivington Land.
David Lewis, Chief Executive at Rivington Land, said: “We are now in the process of agreeing terms with other major retailers as well as catering operators, who have also recognised the innovative approach of Cheshire West and Chester Council in driving this scheme forward. Chester Northgate has been designed to meet the future requirements of national, regional and local retail and leisure occupiers and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of Chester.”