Monday, June 23, 2014

News: Retail offer strengthens in Manvers

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Retail developments are keeping the momentum going at the Manvers Waterfront regeneration scheme in Rotherham.

At the Waterfront Business Park, off Manvers Way, developers, QFM Group, has submitted plans for a 446 sq m, two-storey unit for retail use that could contain two class A5/A3 units on the ground floor, with additional seating on the first floor.

The end user is not yet known but it is expected to be another restaurant. If approved, it could created up to 17 full time equivalent jobs.

The site is already home to a large KFC and Costa coffee unit and has planning consent for two A3/A5 retail units within one single storey building with a gross floor area of 155 sq m with 28 parking spaces. The planning consent expires in August 2014.

Sheffield-based QFM, specialise in fast food retail developments. It brought forward the developments at Manvers (pictured) and Canklow and have plans for another outlet at Eastwood.

The Manvers Waterfront development is a 285-acre mixed-use regeneration of the former Manvers Colliery by Anglo-Dutch developers, TCN UK.

The plans for the latest unit state: "The proposal is intended to meet a specific market demand to predominantly serve the new developments which surround it. These include commercial, industrial, retail, leisure and residential land uses. The proposal cannot therefore be disaggregated from the site and there are no sequentially preferable locations that would meet the same requirements that the application is intended to meet."

Also at Manvers Waterfront, Onward Holdings continues to make progress with its Onyx Retail Park development. Phase One is occupied by Greggs the Baker, Domino's Pizza, Subway and Motor World. The second phase of the development was brought forward after the take-up of units in Phase One was much quicker than originally anticipated.

The development has so far led to the creation of around 100 new jobs with grocery giant Spar and Beauty at Heart salon also recently opening. A well-known charity has also signed up at the park.

Home to two restaurants, Thai Garden Café and Bistro 63, recent openings include franchises from YoYo Noodle and Caffè Latte (pictured).

Caffè Latte started in 2008, with a first franchise opening in May 2012 in Ramsgate, Kent. Throughout the past 18 months the company has opened a further six stores nationwide with an expansion plan for 2014 to open a further 20 stores.

Also at Onyx, plans are being determined for Unit 12 to become the Marina fish and chip shop.

Onward Holdings website

Images: QFM Group / Caffè Latte

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