Clintons and Games Workshop extend leases at Manchester Arndale

Manchester Arndale. Picture © Jason Lock Photography.

M&G Real Estate and intu, the joint owners of Manchester Arndale, have announced that Clintons and Games Workshop have extended their leases and relocated within the centre.

Greeting card and gift retailer Clintons has extended its stay at the centre by ten years until 2029 and will move to a unit opposite its previous home on New Cannon Street in early August.

Games Workshop, the retailer of fantasy board games and miniatures, has also extended its lease at the centre by ten years and is relocating to Corporation Street from its current home on Marsden Way South.

Colin Flinn, regional managing director at intu, comments on behalf of the joint venture: “Manchester Arndale continues to attract a range of national and international retailers but ensuring that our tenants are in the right size units and in the right locations is also a key part of our growth strategy.

“Having worked closely with Clintons and Games Workshop to find units that suit their future needs, we are delighted that both retailers have signed new leases at Manchester Arndale, following a strong first half to the year at the centre.”

Manchester Arndale is one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping malls, welcoming over 40 million visitors per annum. It already boasts an impressive line-up of more than 200 shops and restaurants, including national, international and local brands.

Eddie Shepherd, Clintons’ chief executive officer, said: “We are pleased to have secured an alternative unit that allows us to extend our relationship with this important shopping centre. We look forward to our grand opening day on Saturday August 3, 2019.”

Phil Lomas, property manager at Games Workshop, said: “Having successfully traded from our current location in Manchester Arndale for over 18 years we are delighted to have secured a more prominent unit which will allow Games Workshop to continue to grow and develop our hobby in Manchester.”

The centre has announced a series of lettings and lease extensions this year that further establishes the centre as one of the North’s leading fashion hubs.

In April, Uniqlo opened its flagship store for the North at Manchester Arndale. The store, which is only Uniqlo’s third in the UK outside London, occupies a completely redesigned 21,000 sq ft unit on Market Street. AllSaints also committed to a new ten-year lease on a new unit in the centre, following several years of strong trading on Market Street.

This comes alongside the addition of Metro Bank and home and body cosmetics brand Rituals to Manchester Arndale’s line-up in recent weeks. The centre’s food and beverage offering has also been boosted by the arrival of popular burger and shake restaurant Archies to the Halle Place food court.

Manchester Arndale is owned jointly by M&G Real Estate and intu. The retained agents are Time Retail Partners and Metis Real Estate Advisors.