Seven kitchens planned for new food concept at Intu’s £70m leisure extension

Intu is planning a new food hall at Lakeside which will feature seven kitchens when it opens later this year.

The leisure giant has teamed up with food hall business Market Halls to create a huge new food area that will form a critical part of its £72m leisure extension.

Market Halls opened two major central London sites in Fulham and Victoria last year and its first out-of-town concept, The Hall, will launch as part of a 175,000 square foot leisure development at Lakeside.

The Hall will bring together dynamic and independent food traders from across the south east and use the energy, theatre and excitement of street-food to create a compelling dining experience for Intu Lakeside’s 20 million annual footfall.

The Hall will comprise 14,500 square feet and the site will include seven kitchens, a coffee shop, pop-up areas for food trucks, two bars and seating for 680 people.

There will be an array of good-value dining options and relaxed seating solutions to suit families, big groups, couples and lone shoppers alike.

Intu regional managing director Rebecca Ryman said: “Intu Lakeside is already one of the country’s most popular shopping centres and we’re working with operators that share our ambition for innovation in leisure in order to create the best possible customer experience.”

Andy Lewis-Pratt, a former property developer and philanthropist, and Simon Anderson, an award-winning restaurateur, launched Market Halls in spring 2018, with the aim of redefining the British concept of food halls.

Further openings in London and across the country will be announced in 2019, including Market Hall West End, which will become the largest food hall in the country when it opens this autumn.

The launch of the development will follow the opening of a 400,000 square foot retail and leisure extension to Intu Watford at the end of last year.

Work is also underway on an £86m redevelopment of Intu Broadmarsh in Nottingham and a £75m transformation of Intu Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.

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