- Restaurants hungry for space at SouthGate Bath
Date: 29 Jul 2016
Aviva Investors and British Land have secured three new restaurants at SouthGate Bath. All the operators are new to the city.
Thai street food chain Thaikhun (3,700 sq ft, 25 year lease), Lebanese and eastern Mediterranean restaurant Comptoir Libanais (4,000 sq ft, 20 year lease) and Absurd Bird (3,000 sq ft, 20 year lease), which is taking its American Deep South specialities outside of London for the first time, are set to take space in SouthGate's newly redeveloped Little SouthGate restaurant quarter.
Together they will form a new dining destination for residents and visitors to Bath, bringing more choice to further strengthen the existing SouthGate restaurant offer which includes Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Prezzo and Graze.
The three restaurants will open in September and October this year on Newark Street and St Lawrence Street. The new area will have glazed facades and canopies providing covered outdoor seating for diners.
Simon Green, Associate Director for Aviva Investors, said: "The new restaurants will help further extend the already broad appeal of Bath, establishing SouthGate as a thriving destination in the city centre. The restaurants will offer diverse dining choices for local people and visitors, as well as creating new jobs for the city."
Ailsa Davidson, Retail Asset Manager for British Land, said: "We are pleased to welcome these three new restaurants to SouthGate this autumn. The businesses already have a strong presence in cities such as London, so we're excited to bring them to Bath for the first time. These latest deals form part of our strategy to further enhance the F&B provision across our portfolio to enliven assets and deliver Places People Prefer."
British Land and Aviva Investors are in discussion with a number of potential operators on the final restaurant to be let at Little SouthGate and expect to make an announcement shortly.
SouthGate is a prime open air regional scheme next to Bath Spa railway station. The centre is home to some of the biggest retailers in the UK including Debenhams, Topshop/Topman, H&M, Hollister, Apple, River Island, Urban Outfitters, All Saints, Superdry and Pandora.
Aviva Investors and British Land were advised by Cushman & Wakefield and Bruce Gillingham Pollard.