Merrion Way cements itself as new leisure destination with trio of lettings

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by Rejuvenate

Merrion Way in the Arena Quarter has reinforced its position as Leeds’ newest leisure destination with a trio of operators opening this Spring.

Working with the landlord Town Centre Securities Plc, joint agents Fox Lloyd Jones and Manchester based Metis, have attracted three new leisure tenants to the scheme.

The Dockyard, which has two popular bars in Manchester, is making its way across the Pennines for venue number three. Known for its appreciation of craft beer and real ales, combined with classic pub food, the new bar will occupy units two and three and feature industrial fixtures and fittings.

The second key arrival will be the first Bengal Brasserie in Leeds City centre. On the back of successful venues in Burley, Oakwood, Wetherby and York, the new 120 cover restaurant will have a key position opposite the First Direct Arena.

Finally, there will be a 74 seater new concept Burger King® which is being launched by a successful franchisee. The unit fronting Merrion Way, will be well placed to take advantage of the high footfall in the area and appeal to a wide market by offering a quick ‘grab and go’ offer, in contrast to the new restaurants and bars in the quarter but whilst also offering extensive seating with bold and bright decor for a dine in option.

In addition, a further three retail/leisure units, from 2,367 sq ft are also well under construction as part of the redevelopment of the 170,000 sq ft Merrion House development and will be available towards the end of the year.  The offices above the units have been pre-let to Leeds City Council for their HQ and more than 2000 employees will be moving back into them from January 2018. In addition the scheme will include an extension to provide a ‘One Stop Centre’ which will attract 1000s of visitors each week requiring advice on a range of council services.

Speaking about the lettings, Louise Larking of Fox Lloyd Jones, said,

“There is no doubt the opening of the First Direct Arena has made this one of the key leisure destinations in the city centre. This is reinforced by the number of high profile tenants that are keen to have a presence in this part of town.

“In addition, once the council employees move in and the ‘One Stop Centre’ opens there will be even more pedestrian traffic around Merrion Way.

 “This is a very exciting time for an area that was at the forefront of leisure activities when it was originally developed by Arnold Ziff OBE in 1964.”

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