It’s the north west appeal as more brands choose intu Trafford Centre

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Naturally fast food chain LEON and Pakistani fashion retailer Khaadi have chosen intu Trafford Centre to launch their first stores in the north west of England as they work with owner intu to expand across the UK.

LEON’s 1,940 sq ft restaurant on intu Trafford Centre’s Regent Crescent will also be one of its first outside of the south east where it has already more than 40 stores.

Khaadi operates more than 54 stores worldwide which specialise in hand woven loose fabrics, children’s clothing and traditional Pakistani accessories and has taken 2,283 sq ft for its sixth UK store at intu Trafford Centre.

Colin Flinn, regional director at intu, said: “We’re introducing LEON and Khaadi to intu Trafford Centre’s affluent shoppers from across the north west as part our work to support their ambitious expansion strategies at intu centres across the country.

“Placing LEON’s fun, fast and fresh offering at the heart of intu Trafford Centre’s Regent Crescent further extends the centre’s catering offer into the main malls, complementing what’s on offer within The Orient whilst providing our customers with something new and exciting.”

Attracting an annual footfall of over 31 million, intu Trafford Centre is one of the UK’s largest shopping and leisure destinations with a high proportion of affluent customers.

Adam Blaker, director of property at LEON said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with requests to open in Manchester so we’re delighted to make those dreams come true. At LEON we like to be there for people when and where they need us, so we’ll be there from early to late for hungry shoppers at intu Trafford Centre.”

Eloise Berry at Khaadi said: “We decided intu Trafford Centre was the place for us as it offers the full shopping experience with amazing fashion, food outlets and leisure activities.”
Meanwhile luxury handbag maker Radley is upsizing its successful store at the centre with the opening of a new 876 sq ft shop.