Duo of leading UK food operators coming to thecentre:mk

Published: Thursday, 01 August, 2013
Caffè Nero and Pret A Manger have confirmed that they will be joining the line-up of high street favourites at thecentre:mk, the regional shopping centre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes.
Premium Italian coffee operator Caffè Nero has agreed to take a 1,200 sq ft unit at 11 – 13 Eagle Walk. Pret A Manger will trade further up Eagle Walk in unit 27 – 29, across 3,285 sq ft. These latest lettings compliment the centre’s extensive catering line up, which already includes a number of leading names such as Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama, Carluccio’s and Starbucks.
These most recent signings also mark the next stage in developing the eastern end of the shopping centre, which in the last year has seen an investment of over £33 million; this has included a major refurbishment of John Lewis as well as an enhanced and extended Next flagship store. Other major retailers including Mothercare and Lakeland have also recently opened.
Gavin Murray, Asset Manager, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited, said: “A strong catering offering has become a key requirement of any retail environment as consumers increasingly see shopping as a leisure activity. With other retail options available in and around Milton Keynes, the addition of leading operators like Caffè Nero and Pret A Manger is a testament to thecentre:mk as the premier retail destination and location of choice.”
“These lettings come as part of our strong commitment to implementing a tailored asset management programme that meets the demands of the 27 million customers who visit our centre each year.”
A spokesperson from Caffè Nero added:“Caffè Nero has been looking to open in Milton Keynes for some time and is excited to be opening in thecentre:mk towards the end of August. We look forward to welcoming customers for an espresso-based gourmet coffee in a relaxed and friendly environment.”
CBRE and GCW are joint leasing agents at thecentre:mk, the regionally dominant centre owned by Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited.
For more information about thecentre:mk or to interview our spokespeople, please contact Laura Chapman on 01908 398143.
Notes to Editors
thecentre:mk is a regional shopping centre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes. With over 230 stores, cafes and restaurants all under one roof, it is anchored by John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer and Next.
As the premier shopping destination in the region between London and Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford, thecentre:mk enjoys around 27 million visits every year and is unrivalled in its customer service.
Included in the overall proposition are civic spaces and events venues; City Square, Destination Dining and Middleton Hall which offer a varied programme of free events throughout the year, including wedding shows, motor shows, summer beach and the award winning Christmas display.
thecentre:mk recently ranked 13th in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies and was the highest ranking retail company on the list.