Whiteley Shopping opens £18 million cinema and dining complex

Whiteley Shopping Centre-0563British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd (USS) are pleased to announce that the £18 million leisure extension at Whiteley Shopping, the retail and leisure destination in Hampshire, is now open.

The 60,000 sq ft scheme is the second phase in this development and follows the completion of the shopping centre in 2013.  It adds six new restaurants, leisure space and a nine-screen Cineworld cinema, enhancing the centres appeal to visitors. The premium brands opening at the centre add to an already strong leisure line-up which includes Wagamama and Yo! Sushi, as well as Rock Up, the very popular indoor climbing experience which opened at Whiteley last year.

The new catering brands, which all opened on 19th November are:

  • Wildwood Kitchen, the all-day kitchen deli restaurant, has opened a 4,000 sq ft restaurant on a 15 year lease, serving freshly prepared food with an Italian twist.
  • Asian dining concept Dim T has opened its second restaurant outside London and its only outlet in a retail scheme.  The operator has taken a 3,600 sq ft restaurant on a 15 year lease.
  • Pizza Express has opened a 3,000 sq ft restaurant on a 25 year lease.
  • Burger chain Five Guys has opened a 2,500 sq ft restaurant.
  • American restaurant and bar Coast to Coast has opened a 5,000 sq ft diner on a 25 year lease.
  • Nandos, the popular South African casual dining chain, has signed a 20 year lease taking a 3,500 sq ft restaurant.

Susan Adams, asset manager, British Land, said: The new phase at Whiteley is an excellent addition to this thriving shopping destination. The attractive mix of high street and leisure operators complement an already impressive offer, and shoppers now have broader choice of places to eat, drink and be entertained.

Whiteley is located midway between Portsmouth and Southampton, just off the M27. Anchor tenants include Marks & Spencer, Next and Tesco and recent retailers to join the scheme include Pandora, Smiggle, Specsavers and Ernest Jones. The new leisure offer at Whiteley reflects British Lands strategy of enhancing the leisure element of its retail portfolio in response to changes in the way people shop today.

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