First restaurant chains sign for Watford retail extension

Las Iguanas

Watford’s restaurant scene is on the rise after Las Iguanas, Byron and Cabana all committed this week to become part of intu Watford’s £100m Charter Place redevelopment scheme.

Latin American-inspired Las Iguanas has agreed a 3,500 square foot unit, Byron a 3,700 square foot unit, and Cabana a 3,020 square foot unit.

The addition of new catering names and leisure facilities is designed to create a balanced and compelling mix of retail, leisure and dining at the venue.

Rebecca Ryman, regional director of intu, said: “We’re revitalising the shopping experience at intu Watford and the new development encapsulates intu’s ambition to create experience based shopping centres that embrace the changing needs of today’s customer. It’s really positive to see such key restaurant names coming on board and recognising the strength of the intu brand.”

Watford will be the third intu centre to secure the popular hamburger brand Byron, which has also recently opened at intu Derby.

Marc Balding, Byron’s property director, said: “Working with a national brand like intu has the benefit of scale and allows us to branch out into popular locations across the UK.”

The foodservice extension plans are part of intu’s £1.3 billion UK development pipeline. The scheme will see the redeveloped Charter Place Shopping Centre integrated with the existing refurbished intu Watford shopping centre, to establish new public realms for entertainment and events, large modern retail units, a restaurant hub and cinema.

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