Yo! Sushi and TGI Friday’s funnel funds into Cardiff refurb projects

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Yo! Sushi and TGI Friday’s have both ramped up their presence at St David’s retail centre in Cardiff.

The two restaurant chains have each unveiled a new look at the retail and leisure destination which, at peak times of the year, accommodates one million guests.

Yo! Sushi has refurbished its 2,200 sqft restaurant as part of a redesign overseen by Alison Cooper from Innsight Design, whose brief was to create a lighter, brighter environment. The refurbishment incorporates modern features such as USB chargers at every table and new LED screens showing branded content.

A YO! Sushi spokesperson commented: “Our St David’s site continues to grow from strength to strength, and we are keen to take the customer’s experience to the next level through this new design and use of technology. Deciding to enhance here was key due to the high footfall and exposure to our core customer catchment, and we look forward to working with The St David’s Partnership to make this location even more popular.”

TGI Friday’s, meanwhile, worked with designers 4D to create more comfortable seating areas within its 9,500 sqft premises. The project, which includes plans to replace larger tables with booths and smaller tables, will increase its overall number of covers to 304.

New lighting has been installed throughout, and on the ground floor new external seating added. Finally, the signage has been given a refresh, with an eye-catching bright theatre bulb sign.

Speaking on behalf of the St David’s Partnership, a joint venture between Landsec and intu, Colin Flinn, the regional managing director at intu, added: “The impetus from leading restaurant brands such as Yo! Sushi and TGI Friday’s to advance in St David’s is a clear marker of the scheme’s success and importance to those brands within the UK market as a whole.”

The news follows the recent announcement that Byron is to launch its first restaurant in Wales at the centre this September. In addition, Caffè Nero recently joined St David’s with the launch of a 1,142 sqft café on Cathedral Walk last month.

St David’s hosts the largest John Lewis outside London, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, and also has 200 other shops and restaurants.  The dining offer at St David’s includes brands such as Jamie’s Italian, wagamama and Wahaca.

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