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BusinessRetail haven Hatch to close as Bruntwood announces new development plans

Retail haven Hatch to close as Bruntwood announces new development plans

Bruntwood has revealed plans to shutter Hatch – the popular retail and leisure haven on the Oxford Road corridor in Manchester – on September 30.

A joint planning application from Bruntwood and leisure developer STACK, is currently in progress and will be a major transformation for the location if given the green light. ÖL Brewery will remain open throughout the process.

The plan is that STACK would promise an expanded and enduring presence that offers enhanced opportunities for city traders.

Expanding enterprise

STACK, a rapidly expanding leisure enterprise renowned for its innovative approach to repurposing vacant retail spaces and shipping containers, has firmly established itself as a burgeoning presence within the UK leisure sector.

Its formula of uniting diverse street food vendors and bars around a central plaza, complete with a stage and colossal screen for live entertainment, has proven to be a resounding success, emphasizing its commitment to community integration.

Success for STACK

Originally launched in Newcastle and having achieved success in Seaburn, Sunderland, STACK is actively developing new outlets in various locations including Durham, Whitley Bay, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough, Lincoln, Northampton, Carlisle, and a fresh Tyneside establishment.

STACK’s proprietors have affirmed that all Hatch’s food and beverage vendors will receive preferential treatment during the selection process should they opt to apply for a unit within the reimagined STACK upon its reopening. Concurrently, the permanent staff at the site are undergoing a consultation period.

Since its inauguration in December 2017, Hatch has functioned as a haven for independent enterprises to innovate and prosper while fostering connections with the local Manchester community, offering a venue for socialisation and retail therapy.

Peter Bearpark, asset management director at Bruntwood, said: “We are incredibly proud of what we accomplished at Hatch…it has been a success in terms of the vision we set out for it.”

Top-tier street food

Neill Winch, CEO of STACK, also voiced his enthusiasm for bringing the acclaimed leisure brand to Manchester, underscoring STACK’s commitment to nurturing business growth and providing top-tier street food and entertainment experiences.

As Manchester eagerly anticipates STACK’s arrival, the city can look forward to a continuation and elevation of the work initiated by Bruntwood at Hatch.

Editorial pic credit: John B Hewitt

 

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