Showcase Cinema de Lux is Set to Open at Watermark WestQuay
Hammerson has secured National Amusements’ cinema brand Showcase Cinema de Lux for Watermark WestQuay, its £70M development in Southampton.
This is the cinema’s first location in the South and it is the first brand to be announced for the new leisure scheme. The proposed ten-screen digital cinema will form a key part of the new leisure offer at Watermark WestQuay, which will also include 20 new restaurants and an exceptional new piazza for the city. From premium seating to a large format screen, the Showcase Cinema de Lux will bring the best of movie-going to Southampton. Guests will experience cutting-edge audio visual technology, including 4k projectors, 3D in every screen, and the very latest in Dolby digital surround sound. The Cinema de Lux will also offer a full service bar and a wide range of hot food, in addition to favourite cinema snacks.
Shari E Redstone, President of National Amusements said: “The superior entertainment experience Showcase Cinema de Lux offers is one you can’t find elsewhere.”
New Operator Joins Gloucester
Casual dining chain Coal Grill & Bar has become the latest operator to join the line-up at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre. The restaurant is taking a 332sq m unit in the centre’s canal-side Lucy & Pillar building directly across from the main entrance to the centre’s new ten-screen Cineworld.
The new restaurant will have 110 covers and employ between 35-40 full and part-time staff. Established in 2007, the Coal Grill & Bar has added the outlet centre to its 2014 list of openings as it expands its operations. Gloucester Quays will be one of five openings this year to bring the operator to 11 units.
John Gater, Chief Executive of Coal Grill & Bar owners Charterhouse Leisure Ltd stated: “We want to expand the restaurant chain to centres and locations where there is a mix of retail and leisure with the key requirement that there be a cinema.”
Contractor Hired For Northwich
Cheshire West and Chester Council has appointed Balfour Beatty Construction as main contractor to deliver the £80M retail and leisure scheme at Barons Quay in Northwich town centre.
Work on the 300,000sq ft project commenced on 1 September, and Barons Quay has already attracted two anchor tenants - a 68,000sq ft Asda large format superstore and five-screen Odeon film multiplex. Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The selection of Balfour Beatty followed a rigorous election procedure and I am delighted to welcome them on board.”
The development, which is expected to create 1,200 jobs, takes full advantage of the river frontage. The first phase is due to be completed by autumn 2016.
Trinity Leeds Attracts Additional Brands to the City
Land Securities’ multi-award winning Trinity Leeds continues to draw new brands to Leeds, signing DKNY and Kiko Milano to the development.
The 92,900sq m shopping centre will be the first location in Leeds for DKNY, the New York-based fashion house, DKNY is opening a 2,265sq ft standalone store on the ground and basement floors of the scheme. Meanwhile Kiko Milano, the Milanese cosmetics giant, has taken a prominent 2,000sq ft unit on Albion Street. The new store will be Kiko Milano’s fifth in the UK. The two additions brings the number of new brands to the city to 65.
Sabrina Rahim, Regional Manager for Kiko Milano commented: “We chose Leeds because Trinity Leeds is the most important shopping cente in the north of England and it’s a great base to start our Northern expansion.”
Selfridges’ World-Famous Windows Land at Birmingham
Its disc-embellished exterior has been a city icon for 11 years, but now Selfridges is giving city shoppers another reason to stare, as its world-famous window displays arrive in Birmingham.
Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Selfridges’ Oxford Street store to see the highly imaginative schemes that have entertained and enticed shoppers for decades, making them a tourist destination in their own right. Originally installed in 1909 to encourage customers to visit, the windows have become an integral part of Selfridges’ identity, providing a platform to showcase the most exciting exclusive product, themes and events taking place in-store.
Now, as part of a £20M redevelopment programme which will see the store boast a revamped Beauty Hall and launch a new, dedicated Menswear space, Selfridges Birmingham will follow in the footsteps of the founding store. The new installations, which - unlike their London couterparts - will be visible from 360 degrees, will change the face of the store, with 3.5m tall and 8m wide curved glass window displays located at the main entrances from the Bullring mall.
Vicki Cain, General Manager at Selfridges Birmingham, said: “The windows at Oxford Street have a worldwide reputation for using a powerful mix of design, fashion, art and architecture and turning them into pioneering displays. We certainly hope to capture that same magic in Birmingham.”