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Woking works for Itsu and Gail’s as they agree to new units

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Itsu, Gail’s and Komo have signed agreements to take units at Victoria Place in Woking.

The trio will lease 12,000 square feet between them at the shopping centre, which is co-owned by Woking Borough Council and Moyallen Group.

The 3,300 square feet Itsu will serve the brand’s renowned menu of healthy Asian rice and noodle bowls, soups, sushi, salads and snacks, which are made fresh every day in its on-site kitchen. It is due to open in April.

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Vishal Talreja, property director of Itsu, said: “Woking provides us with the perfect spot for a new location. We are incredibly excited to bring our healthy Asian-inspired dishes to the people of Woking and with the significant investment going into the town centre and the opening of Victoria Place fast approaching, we are confident that our new Itsu will attract strong customer numbers.

“We will be recruiting within the local community soon and we can’t wait to provide a healthy fast-food option to Woking high street. The expansion is part of our mission to make itsu accessible for everyone, everywhere.”

Gail’s has a 4,129 square foot unit to provide customers with high-quality freshly baked breads, pastries and cakes throughout the day, as well as hand-roasted speciality grade house blend coffee.

Tom Molnar, CEO of Gail’s, said: “We have identified a strong foodie culture in the town centre and Commercial Way [where the store will be located] offers us the perfect spot to operate both as a bakery and a highly visual lunch spot.

“Surrounded by an array of other like-minded operators, we are looking forward to meeting our new neighbours and baking for the Woking community.”

Komo, which is a high-end cocktail bar, has taken a 4,754 square foot space and will serve 250 covers when it opens in April.

Joe Pennefather, general manager of Komo, said it is opening a bar in Woking due to the fact that the town is witnessing an urban transformation.

“The £700m Victoria Place regeneration scheme is attracting all sorts of activity from new housing, to retail and new F&B brands. We are confident that we can replicate the success of our Guildford bar in Woking and provide customers with quality entertainment during the day and into the night.”

The news follows the recent opening of Italian restaurant, Luciano’s, and independent sister brands, The Tea Terrace Restaurant & Tea Room, and Ol’ West Grill & Diner.

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