First retailers at Wapping Wharf’s CARGO set to launch next week

The first retailers at Wapping Wharf’s CARGO, Bristol’s first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers, are set to open their doors next week (w/c Oct 10th).

Openings at CARGO 1 – the first phase  – will take place over the course of the next fortnight at Bristol’s new harbourside quarter, which is becoming known as the city’s new foodie hub, with images now revealed offering a first look inside. The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium is expected to be the first to open early next week.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO, said: “There is a real buzz about the place at Wapping Wharf as the retailers make the finishing touches to their fit-outs and their opening fast approaches. We can’t wait for CARGO 1 – a first for Bristol – to come to life and, along with our other fantastic retailers at Wapping Wharf, begin playing its own part in supporting the city’s thriving independent retail scene. It really is a hugely exciting time to be involved in the vibrant foodie culture for which Bristol is so well known.”

CARGO 1 will be home to the following independent retailers:

– Woky Ko – A 30-seater Asian restaurant and takeaway headed up by MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen of Cen at Celtic Manor.
– Chicken Shed – a finger-lickin’ dine-in, dine-out chicken shop, opening in September, created by the team behind food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, co-founded by Michelin-starred Bristol chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap, Amelia Twine, Nick Roberts and organic farmer Luke Hasell.
– BOX-E – Modern British seasonal cooking by award-winning chef Elliott Lidstone featuring a four-seat kitchen table for those who want to experience the buzz of the kitchen in full.
– PIGSTY – The first PIGSTY restaurant brought to you by the three brothers behind The Jolly Hog and Will Collier, current Harlequins player.
– Lovett Pies – artisan gourmet pies from the West Country from Lovett Pies’ first shop in Bristol.
– Bristol Cider Shop – Established cider shop complete with cider tastings.
– Corks of Cotham – Local wine, spirits and beer merchant opening its third site at CARGO.
– The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium – Independent florist, stylist and event specialist. Opening its first retail unit at CARGO.
– Shambarber – Famed Stoke Croft barbershop will be opening its second venue, offering styling for all.

Retailers already open at Wapping Wharf include Mokoko, Bertha’s Pizza, Little Victories, Better Food and Wild Beer Co, with Pizzarova trading from its pop-up crate.

Both CARGO 1, which includes 18 converted shipping containers, and CARGO 2, a similar hub adjacent to the first and approximately twice the size, have received planning consent. Many of the units, which are set across two levels, have glass frontages, views out onto the waterfront and outside terraces. CARGO 2 is expected to open later this year.

The retail property agent for the Wapping Wharf development, including CARGO, is JLL.

When complete, the Wapping Wharf quarter will include over 600 new homes as well as a variety of independent food and drink retailers.  The first phase is now complete, comprising 194 homes, with initial works under way in preparation for phase two, which will include over 320 new homes.