NewRiver signs Patisserie Valerie for its Worthing restaurant quarter

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NewRiver REIT has announced Patisserie Valerie as the first letting for its restaurant quarter at its shopping centre in Worthing.

The leading continental café brand will be taking a 1,850sq ft bespoke “pod” unit on a 15-year lease, with work due to commence in summer 2018. NewRiver is under offer with a variety of other leading brands seeking to join the restaurant quarter.

The letting forms part of NewRiver’s plans to create a thriving restaurant quarter at the shopping centre, which it recently rebranded to The Montague Quarter to reflect the new positioning.

NewRiver has recently undertaken extensive refurbishment works to upgrade the centre, including cleaning and restoring the elegant period brickwork back to its original colour and style, upgrading the floor tiles and lighting in the mall walkways, removing the unsightly pigeon netting overhead and a full deep clean of the historic figurines at the centre.

New branded banners will be going up at the centre this week to coincide with the completion of the refurbishment works, showcasing the centre’s new aubergine and antique bronze branding with its distinctive half-moon façade.

Stuart Mitchell, director at NewRiver said: “We are thrilled to have Patisserie Valerie signed up for The Montague Quarter which we expect will be well-received by the local community for its high-quality upmarket food and drinks offer. Our investment to redevelop and refurbishment the centre will transform the centre and create a much-needed retail and leisure offer. Our strategy for the centre is similar to what we did in Leamington Spa where we transformed a former thoroughfare into an attractive and thriving retail and leisure destination for the town and we look forward to doing the same in Worthing.

“The recent refurbishment works have already reinvigorated the centre, making it smarter and better suited to the discernible town. We are under offer to national and regional restaurant operators are delighted to welcome the rapidly expanding Patisserie Valerie as the first pre-let.”