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"Massive Opportunity" in new leisure destination

A “massive opportunity” to do business at the heart of Middlesbrough’s growing central leisure destination has opened up.

Teesside independent commercial property consultants Dodds Brown LLP has brought to the market a new café/bar/restaurant unit on Albert Road opposite Centre Square.

The area has been undergoing major public realm improvement works as part of Middlesbrough Council’s investment programme which will see the authority invest £74m in order to secure £625m of inward investment.

Located next to the recently opened Bistrot Pierre restaurant under the Holiday Inn Express, the 750 sq ft unit would be ideal for a local or regional operator looking to benefit from the footfall generated by the launch of the new French style restaurant, customers of the nearby Turtle Bay restaurant, and the re-opening of the Town Hall in spring 2018.

“We were unable to market this unit until Bistrot Pierre had opened, as their contractors were using it as a site office,” explains letting agent Richard Wilson, Senior Associate Partner at Dodds Brown.

“Its size would make it ideal for a bar or micro-brewery, café or small restaurant. It will benefit from the new public realm improvements on Albert Road, with a great outlook over Centre Square, proximity to Baker/Bedford Street and the Cleveland Shopping Centre.

“The refurbishment of the Town Hall, with the improvements to the performance space with a new entrance on Albert Road completing next year, and the proposed new office scheme in Centre Square both promise to deliver major footfall and make Albert Road and Centre Square the main focal point for the night time economy and leisure offer in Middlesbrough.

“Plans for a new bowling alley in Centre North East just yards from the unit, with student accommodation above, will also help boost numbers of potential customers.”

Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for City Centre Strategy, said: “This is a massive opportunity for a business to get right into the heart of one of the most exciting leisure developments in Middlesbrough for some time.

“As Richard points out there are a big number of brilliant things going on in that area at the minute and Middlesbrough Council has carried out impressive public realm works as part of its £74m investment plans which only add to the attractiveness of the site.” 

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