BOOKMAKERS, Coral, and fast food restaurant retailer KFC, have announced they will both open new outlets later this month in the Merrion Shopping Centre in Leeds.
This follows a major refurbishment of the Merrion Street side of the building which has been undertaken by property investment and development company , Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS), who own and manage the one million sq ft Merrion Shopping Centre in Leeds city centre.
Opening on Friday 18 November, the 1, 103 sq ft Coral betting shop, operated by the Gala Coral Group , will be the their flagship shop in Leeds city centre. It will offer state-of-the-art facilities and Coral’s industry leading 21 screen system and technology package.
Gary Bolton, Regional Manager for Coral, said: “Our new Coral shop in the Merrion Centre represents a big investment for us in Leeds City Centre, bringing with it 5 new jobs to the area. With a state-of the-art customer experience that combines our fantastic screen system with an unrivalled level of customer service, we are pleased to be part of the fantastic Merrion Centre and all of the benefits it offers to the people of Leeds.”
The following week, on Friday 25 November, KFC’s new 2, 258 square foot, 62 seat restaurant will also open. Operated by Chicken Cabins Ltd, it will be the first in Leeds city centre.
David George, Operations Manager for Chicken Cabins Ltd, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to make this announcement. We’re really excited about the prospect of opening our first restaurant in Leeds city centre in the Merrion Centre, and we can’t wait to welcome shoppers and local residents to the restaurant.”
The refurbishment also included external glazing to two other vacant units, the 2,000 sq ft former Jug and Bottle public house and a 2,800 sq ft basement unit which previously was a night club. The shop fronts of three existing occupiers KRCS, Stewarts News and Greggs have also been given a facelift as part of the work.
Helen Beckett, Associate Director at Town Centre Securities said:
“It’s great to see this phase of development work almost complete and the units handed over to the two new occupiers. We’ve used high quality materials consistent with other areas of the centre and the new look has been very well received by tenants and shoppers alike. Our units on Merrion Street and Wade Lane have been significantly upgraded, giving the shopping centre, and the street outside, a much smarter appearance. It’s a real coup to have the long-awaited KFC restaurant and flagship Coral shop as new tenants, each occupying a prominent location in the centre. We are now talking to interested parties about the last two remaining units, and we anticipate announcing new occupiers soon.”
The offices above the shops, occupied by Q- Park, are also getting an external facelift and new windows.
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