Commercial property

Sports Direct, Vue and Castore: The 11 latest North West commercial property deals you can’t miss

Major retailers, entertainment giants and expanding law firms are among a slew of companies that have announced high-profile commercial real estate deals in the North West in recent weeks.

Companies like Sports Direct, Vue, Castore and a major government department have all announced that they have taken a prominent place in the region.

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Here, BusinessLive rounds up 11 such deals we think you shouldn’t miss:

Sports Direct

What the new Stores Direct store in Manchester Arndale will look like

Sports Direct will double the size of its flagship store in Manchester Arndale.

The retail giant, part of Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, has signed a 15-year lease and will move from its current 29,000-square-foot ground-floor unit to a former BHS store that includes five floors of 58,500 square feet.

The larger store, due to open in late 2022, will see it integrate its collection of brands, including USC, Game, Evans Cycles and Belong esports arena, under one roof.

You can read the full story here.


Ducie House, Manchester
Ducie House, Manchester

A public relations firm which works with Selfridges, Cotton Traders and Bruntwood, is to move to a new former nightclub in Manchester which hosted the likes of Simply Red in the 1990s.

Carousel is to move its team from the North Quarter to Ducie House in Piccadilly Basin, which used to be the Home nightclub.

The 3,675 square foot space will provide the agency with an additional 1,000 square feet to accommodate its continued growth.

You can read the full story here.


Jonathon Parkinson, Managing Partner at Marktlink UK, and Tim van der Meer, Managing Partner at Marktlink Netherlands
Jonathon Parkinson, Managing Partner at Marktlink UK, and Tim van der Meer, Managing Partner at Marktlink Netherlands

An international M&A advisory firm has chosen Manchester as the location for its UK headquarters.

Marktlink is preparing to take up short-term office space in King Street in the city center before establishing a permanent base after its first months of operation.

The company is headquartered in Amsterdam and has eight other offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Germany.

You can read the full story here.

high street lawyers

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A law firm in Liverpool city center has created 80 jobs after recently moving to new offices.

High Street Solicitors took up 14,875 square feet of third-floor space at 1 Tithebarn Street.

The company currently has 75 employees and is expected to more than double that total.

You can read the full story here.


A CGI of the £22m renovation project at Manchester's Printworks
A CGI of the £22m renovation project at Manchester’s Printworks

Manchester’s Printworks is set to undergo a £22million ‘transformational’ refurbishment after cinema chain Vue signed a new 20-year deal.

DTZ Investors, which bought the site in February 2017 from Land Securities for £108m, said work would begin this month on the program which is part of “Printworks’s journey to international recognition as a pioneering 24-hour entertainment destination.

The company also secured a new 20-year commitment to continue its ongoing partnership with Vue, which operates 23 screens at Printworks, including Europe’s second-largest IMAX.

You can read the full story here.


Manchester City Center
Manchester City Center

Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created after a major government department opened a large base in Manchester.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has taken up residence in Marble Street, the new hub for up to 400 staff.

The move is part of DCMS’ wider expansion across the UK with staff based in Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Loughborough and Darlington.

You can read the full story here.


Bruntwood Works Union building, Albert Square, Manchester city center
Bruntwood Works Union building, Albert Square, Manchester city center

Maray Restaurant Group has chosen the Bruntwood Works’ Union building in Albert Square in Manchester city center as its first site outside of Liverpool.

The 3,326 square foot site will be the fourth for Maray as it continues to grow, despite recent difficult times for the hospitality industry.

Union is home to a range of rented office suites and is the headquarters of the Bruntwood Group, with a ground floor auditorium, showers, studio gym and Ditto Coffee – another Liverpool brand – which has opened his second Manchester outpost with Bruntwood Works in 2021.

Founded in 2014 by James Bates, Tom White and Dom Jones, Maray currently has three locations in Liverpool.


The Castore store Newcastle United FC
The Castore store Newcastle United FC

Manchester-based sportswear brand Castore has added a second Newcastle United FC store to its expanding portfolio.

The new Magpies store will open at the Métrocentre in the coming months.

Co-founder Tom Beahon said: “After a successful few months of negotiating the new Stadium Store in St James’ Park, Castore is very pleased to expand our retail portfolio at Newcastle United by announcing our second NUFC store, which opens in the Metrocentre.

“We have been warmly welcomed by the fans and the city of Newcastle, and we look forward to the latest expansion in the region.”

Castore has 13 stores across the UK and plans to open 15 more locations in 2022.

Astraea Linskills

14 Castle Street, Liverpool
14 Castle Street, Liverpool

Law firm Astraea Linskills has moved to new offices at 14 Castle Street in the heart of Liverpool’s shopping district.

The company purchased the first-floor offices, giving it 1,850 square feet of space and more than doubling the previous offices it occupied at the Avenue Headquarters, Place Saint-Paul.

Chief Executive John-Paul Dennis said: “This move is the next step in the strategic growth of Astraea Linskills and allows the business to build on the solid foundation that the directors have laid down thus far. It will offer our talented team a warm welcome, a comfortable and productive workspace.

“We look forward to being part of the vibrant Castle Street community as we execute the next phase of the company’s expansion plans”

Dandara’s life

Vertex, Altrincham's business district
Vertex, Altrincham’s business district

Dandara Living has become the first business to occupy space at Vertex in the Altrincham business district.

The company will occupy 8,342 square feet of office space on the second floor.

The deal was made by CBRE’s desk agency team with Joint Agent Colliers.

Jonathan Cook, Associate Director of CBRE Manchester, said: “We are delighted to confirm Vertex’s first hire to Dandara Living. Vertex’s complete modern transformation along with its excellent location makes it the ideal property for occupants looking for modern, stylish and adaptable accommodation. office space in an extremely popular area of ​​Cheshire.

“This latest rental confirms the growing demand for good quality accommodation of this caliber in South Manchester.”

wing stop

Wingstop will open a new store at the Trafford Center in Manchester
Wingstop will open a new store at the Trafford Center in Manchester

Wingstop chicken wings restaurant has chosen Manchester’s Trafford Center to open a new base in early spring 2022.

Taking a 2,991 square foot unit in the Orient, Wingstop already has 40 restaurants across the country.

Tom Grogan, Director of Lemon Pepper Holdings (Wingstop UK), said: “We are delighted to be part of the Manchester Trafford Center and to expand our presence in Manchester city centre.

“We are committed to expanding the Wingstop brand across the country and plan to announce a number of new openings soon.”