Isle of Man Enterprises, parent company of Manx food retailer Shoprite, is developing a premium food ‘cluster’, with an emphasis on local, healthy and home made within its Village Walk Shopping Centre in Onchan.
It is intended that the food court will offer a broad choice to both Onchan residents and visitors to the centre.
The Village Walk Food Court concept has already secured lettings to The Nutty Chef Cafe and a large upmarket fish and chip shop and diner, Fryers Fish and Chip Shop, in the last month.
Two local mums, Samantha Dooley and Maxine Dalton-Baker, who dreamed of running their own enterprise, run the Nutty Chef, as revealed in Business News.
Carol Glover of the centre’s owners, Isle of Man Enterprises said: ‘Food Courts are a successful part of many of the quality shopping centres across the UK and we are delighted to be developing one that offers quality and choice to our visitors at Village Walk.
‘Whether it’s the chance to grab a “cappuccino to go” on the way to work or a bite to eat for the family, our aim is to offer something for everyone.’
She added: ‘The Village Walk site has great potential for restaurateurs and food outlets with convenient free parking available on site and a number of complementary retailers in the area.
‘We already have a thriving retail, health and beauty lead services and office community at the centre, and are receiving regular enquiries from businesses attracted by its competitive rates, convenience and growing range of services on site.
‘By encouraging food entrepreneurs from within the local community we are not only providing attractive facilities for local residents, businesses and shoppers but it will also benefit the local economy to have a thriving retail outlet in Onchan.’
Chapman Chartered Surveyors letting agent, Thomas Chapman, who is actively targeting relevant operators to become part of the food court, said: ‘Historically, Onchan has suffered from inadequate hot food destinations to cater for its large population, but Village Walk now offers a great choice for the residents of Onchan and beyond and we are seeing significant, growing footfall.
‘We are keen to speak to other food operators who feel they could complement the growing food court.’
To enquire about opportunities to establish an outlet at Village Walk call Tom on 623127.