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Old June 30th, 2019, 11:00 PM   #18141
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Liverpool One is far nicer though, it would be nice if the Arndale was more like Liverpool One, and it would be better if it was more animated at night like Trinity too, bars and restaurants on Market Street and High Street. Hopefully one day the shops that don't open in Manchester because they can't find a decent spot will be open to open in Manchester. It's got to happen eventually.
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I don't think it has been posted before but the Champagne Bar on the 3rd Floor of Kendals (House of Fraser) has been reopened as Kendals Champagne Bar. It comes as the Kendals Restaurant closes on the 6th Floor to reportedly be redeveloped.

https://ilovemanchester.com/kendals-...new-look-menu/
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Old July 1st, 2019, 09:23 AM   #18143
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Thanks for confirming there are shops on Deansgate.
You are very welcome. If you ever experience any other bouts of confusion just let me know.
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Old July 1st, 2019, 04:19 PM   #18144
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I don't think it has been posted before but the Champagne Bar on the 3rd Floor of Kendals (House of Fraser) has been reopened as Kendals Champagne Bar. It comes as the Kendals Restaurant closes on the 6th Floor to reportedly be redeveloped.

https://ilovemanchester.com/kendals-...new-look-menu/
I went in on Saturday. It was actually the busiest part of the store, bizarrely.
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Old July 1st, 2019, 06:59 PM   #18145
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Very bizarre but I thought BHS had gone all
Together seems it ain’t, walked past lightcraft on trinity way the other day and there we’re having all new signage put up advertising BHS. They must still deal in light fittings!
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Old July 1st, 2019, 08:41 PM   #18146
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It did become a online retail company after the administration, though it did close after a few years. It came back in April this year as just a home/lighting store online which is what was there strong point, they are now opening within Litecraft stores currently in the Leeds and Oldham stores.
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Old July 2nd, 2019, 11:55 AM   #18147
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The thread is still very informative its only on occasion that it turns into a bitch-fest because everyone thinks they are right.
Certain posters need to have the last say and their opinion is the only one that counts it would appear after reading the hamster wheel that that is the last few pages. Not naming names..... very prevalent in other threads with their my way or the highway attitudes. God help their families and friends who endure them in real life.
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Old July 2nd, 2019, 02:06 PM   #18148
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Old July 3rd, 2019, 03:50 PM   #18149
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Stretford Foodhall now open in the former Argos unit at Stretford Mall.

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I’ve never seen the people of Stretford so happy. @stretfordFH opened today and already it’s bringing the community together. #stretford







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Old July 3rd, 2019, 04:27 PM   #18150
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Do we know when the new Ancoats Co-op is going to be fit out? It's sat empty with the license notice for a while now, this area is crying out for another shop
Still going through the planning stages, a new planning application has gone online recently.

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Units 1-3 (Ground Floor) Smiths Yard Blossom Street Manchester M4 6AJ Manchester M4 6AJ

Variation of condition 1 (Specified Plans), 9 (External Plant and Equipment), 17 (Deliveries), 18 (Operating Hours) & 19 (Layout of Commercial Units), associated with planning permission 121809/JO/2018 to allow alterations to delivery and operating hours, amalgamation of commercial units 2 and 3 into one unit, together with elevational alterations to shop front and installation of roof top plant

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Old July 3rd, 2019, 05:57 PM   #18151
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Anyone know when COS will open in St Ann's Square?
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Old July 3rd, 2019, 06:11 PM   #18152
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Anyone know when COS will open in St Ann's Square?
No date as of yet, but I would guess a late Summer/early Autumn opening. Job vacancies have now started to be advertised for the new Manchester store.

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Old July 3rd, 2019, 08:36 PM   #18153
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Selco are planning to open in the former Carpet Right unit opposite Cousins on Regent Road, a new planning application is online now to redevelop the unit for Selco Builders Warehouse.

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Carpet Right 212 Regent Road Salford M5 3GR

Amalgamation to provide one single unit, external alterations comprising changes to elevations, door openings, car parking provision, erection of 2.4m high paladin fencing and gates, 5.2m high storage racking and installation of mezzanine floor.

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https://www.selcobw.com/

This will be the fourth branch for Selco in Greater Manchester.
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Old July 4th, 2019, 09:11 PM   #18154
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I’ve heard rumours from a shopping centre employee that Primark are interested in taking the former Wilko and Argos unit in the Ashton-under-Lyne Arcades.

If true, the ex-Argos will become a lift and escalator lobby with an entrance leading to the new bus station. The store itself would occupy the former Wilko unit and over The Works and Superdrug.
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Old July 5th, 2019, 10:46 AM   #18155
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New independent vinyl record shop Wax and Beans opens in Bury

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A NEW vinyl record shop has got the borough in a spin after opening in Bury.

Eager crowds thronged to the grand opening of Wax and Beans at The Art Picture House *in Haymarket Street — the first independent vinyl store to open in the town since 2011.

The shop has been set up by music lovers and partners Louise Jackson and Ben Soothill and stocks a wide range of vinyl records, as well as serving coffee and refreshments.

Ben said: “It has been my lifelong dream to run my own record shop.

“I had the initial idea back when I was 18, but the long-term lease terms on offer at the time were just too much of a financial risk having only just left college.

“However, despite 25 years in the legal sector, my dream has never wavered.”

Determined to fulfil their ambitions, Ben and Louise began hunting for a suitable space last year.

After months of searching, nowhere had fit the bill, until Ben decided to see a boarded-up shop at The Art Picture House.

He said: “Louise and I looked at each other instantly knowing that this was the one.

“It was dark and dingy and didn’t smell great, but we knew with a little hard work it could be something immense.”

Having spent a year and a half traipsing round the country to find a location, the couple knew exactly what they wanted to achieve with the space.

And despite juggling full time jobs and having “so much to do” to turn the place around, with the help of family and friends, the couple set about transforming the shop.

“Every night after work, we’d drag ourselves down to the shop to hammer, drill, saw, paint and clean until the sun came up,” Ben said.

Eventually their dream record shop took shape out of the gloom, complete with the team's own unique and handcrafted furniture, including bespoke record bins, album cover chairs and cushions, and a ‘river table’ featuring hand-poured blue resin.

Ben said: "It has been a massive, in fact, enormous team effort but we got there in the end.

“We now have a convenient spot in Bury town centre where all music lovers can unite.

“We’re hopeful that our hard work will pay off and Wax and Beans will now become a familiar location for many generations of music lovers, coffee connoisseurs, tea enthusiasts and much more.”

Ben and Louise are now planning to host monthly music events, starting from July 24.

They are also encouraging people to take advantage of the store's free wifi and power points and enjoy some music and brew as they work or revise.

Wax and Beans is open weekdays 7am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm.

For more information visit www.waxandbeans.co.uk or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Old July 5th, 2019, 11:00 AM   #18156
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July 04 2019

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New agents have been appointed at the Manchester Arndale shopping centre.

M&G Real Estate and intu have appointed Time Retail Partners and Metis as joint agents for the shopping centre.

The Arndale has line-up of more than 200 shops and restaurants, including national, international and local brands.

Scott Linard, director, asset management at M&G Real Estate, said: “The appointment of Time Retail Partners and Metis takes Manchester Arndale into an exciting new phase and we are confident that their robust and extensive network of contacts, as well as their wealth of experience and expertise in the market, will be extremely valuable.

“The centre is one of the main retail destinations in the North and we look forward to working with the new joint agents as they capitalise on the regional and international exposure Manchester Arndale offers.”

Manchester Arndale recently announced a series of new lettings and lease extensions.

In April, Uniqlo opened its flagship store for the North at Manchester Arndale.

The store, which is only Uniqlo’s third in the UK outside London, occupies a completely redesigned 21,000 sq ft unit on Market Street.

AllSaints also committed to a new ten-year lease on a new unit in the centre, following several years of strong trading on Market Street.

This comes alongside the addition of Metro Bank and home and body cosmetics brand Rituals to Manchester Arndale’s line-up in recent weeks.

The centre’s food and beverage offering has also been boosted by the arrival of popular burger and shake restaurant Archies to the Halle Place food court.

Matt Cassell, director at Time Retail Partners, said: “We are very proud to be associated with such a fantastic asset and are excited to work with the centre’s highly experienced team.

“Manchester Arndale is a major draw for shoppers and retailers across the North and we look forward to helping the centre add to its already strong tenant line up, which includes major brands such as Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Burberry, Hugo Boss and Rituals, plus many more household names.”
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/north...hopping-centre

Time Retail Partners are the leasing agents for Bluewater and Trinity Leeds to name a few.

https://timeretailpartners.com/shopping-centres/
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Farnworth, Oldham, Stockport, Stretford and Wigan are through to the next round.

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Over 50 areas across the country – from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Penzance in Cornwall – are going through to the second phase of a multi-million fund that will transform their high streets and make them fit for the future, High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP confirmed today (5 July 2019).

From improving transport and access into town centres to converting retail units into new homes, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund will help local leaders to reinvent their town centres.

Those successful towns will now receive up to £150,000 of new funding to work up detailed project proposals, based on their initial plans. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will work closely with them, focussing on those places that have “shovel ready” projects where there might be opportunities to accelerate these.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 04:08 PM   #18158
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The problems just seem to get worse at the Lowry Outlet Mall.

Nothern Kitchen looks to have already closed down, with hoardings up around the unit.

Also Black & Decker will be closing in the next week, they are currently having a closing down sale, with it being the last few days of the sale currently.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 04:57 PM   #18159
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The problems just seem to get worse at the Lowry Outlet Mall.

Nothern Kitchen looks to have already closed down, with hoardings up around the unit.

Also Black & Decker will be closing in the next week, they are currently having a closing down sale, with it being the last few days of the sale currently.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure there is a way to make the Lowry Mall work. Peel don't appear to have made any special effort to turn the mall around after buying it.

Suspect the Watergardens are too little too late. They started them after everyone else had already realised that capacity for mid-market chain restaurants was already more than saturated.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 05:22 PM   #18160
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Well the Quays really needs a proper supermarket. Maybe Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons/someone could come in and knock through a few units to create a big supermarket?

Beyond that it's going to be about maximising the number of apartments and offices in the area and hope that that leads to increased demand for retail
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