Legal & General Property (LGP) announces that works have started on site on the development of 10,750sq ft of new restaurant space at Ashton Leisure Park, bringing up to 120 new permanent jobs to the local area.
Due to reach practical completion in March 2015, the new retail parade will be handed over to popular restaurant chains, Five Guys, Bella Italia and Prezzo, so that they can open their doors to the public in late Spring. Creating up to 120 additional permanent jobs (comprising both full time and flexible working opportunities) once complete, the development is also employing up to 100 workers in the five month construction period.
Taking 15 year leases at the park, the popular, family-orientated restaurant groups are due to significantly increase the range of eating options available in the Ashton-under-Lyne area. Due to occupy a newly created, triple-unit catering terrace, Five Guys has taken a pre-let on 3,500sq ft, while Bella Italia will take 4,000sq ft and Prezzo will take 3,250sq ft.
As part of the extension, the car parking space has also been reconfigured, extended and improved, adding a further 77 spaces in total. Looking to enhance the sustainability credentials of the park, PV panels will also cover the roof space above the new restaurant units, powering around 10% of their overall energy.
Situated just east of Manchester, Ashton Leisure Park currently comprises a IMAX Cineworld cinema, a Hollywood Bowl bowling alley and five restaurants, including Chiquito, Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, Eat Inn Chinese Buffet and a Harvester pub.
Craig Westmacott, senior fund manager at Legal & General Property, said: “We look forward to completing the development of three exciting new restaurant units at Ashton Leisure Park. Bella Italia, Prezzo and Five Guys are all established restaurateurs which will complement and extend the family-orientated eating options on offer at this popular Leisure Park. The new units will also create up to 120 jobs for the local economy and, with building work now on site, we look forward to seeing the units trading by Summer 2015.”