Businesses give great response to Princes Quay plans
Food and beverage providers across Yorkshire have shown a keen interest in a new street food dining concept proposed by Princes Quay.
The project is set to revolutionise the food and beverage offering in the centre and capitalise on the estimated 240,000 additional visitors per year that will come with the opening of Hull Venue this summer.
Previewed in a special event at the end of April, entrepreneurs from some 35 local food and beverage operators discovered more about Princes Quay’s plans, which will see a 21,440 sq ft space turned into an area offering artisan street food and casual dining options, plus a communal seating area.
At the event, Colin Brooks, Managing Director of the centre’s management company, Realm, said:
We want to reposition the food and beverage offer within the centre and create even more leisure opportunities for visitors, making Princes Quay a destination for families and visitors to Hull Venue.
Our new concept will become a hub of vibrant, energetic dining activity, set in a unique location in the heart of Hull and we’ve been delighted with the response from operators so far.
Kathryn Shillito, City Centre Manager of HullBID, also spoke at the event. She said:
There was a 52% increase in new businesses in Hull in 2017, and the development of new residences in the city centre has also added to demand for food and beverage options.
With the success of Hull Street Food Nights, Trinity Market and YUM Food Festival, it’s clear that people are looking for high-quality, good value, quick and easy food.
Operators who attended the event were enthused by the plans too.
Gwyn Williams of Larry’s Bar, whose mobile coffee and alcohol units have appeared at local events such as the Hull Street Food Nights, said:
I think it’s a fantastic idea, especially if they get different independent traders involved.
Mr Brooks assured operators that consultation is key to the centre’s plans. He said:
We want to work with businesses to put the right offering together. We want to discover people’s views, learn from their experiences and get their thoughts on what they think will work best.
Princes Quay Centre Manager John Magee added:
We are delighted with the significant interest we have received from local and regional food and beverage operators.The preview event generated several positive leads, and we will continue conversations with interested businesses as the project develops.
Food and beverage businesses interested in finding out more about the project should contact the Princes Quay leasing team on 01625 581 580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org