King Street could become the centre for fine dining in Manchester

Calls are being made for a city council to transform the pedestrianized part of a street in Manchester to become a foodie haven, after demand for new restaurants in the area grows.

King Street was once renowned as the most prestigious shopping strip in the city, but today almost a third of the shops there stand empty. That is why a number of property experts are calling on Manchester City Council to allow part of the street to be transformed into a brand new dining venue, with restaurants to rival the finest luxury kitchens in Cheshire and London.

Demand for restaurants in Manchester is growing, and experts have surmised that 2015 will see a rise in the number of new eateries opening in the city. However, commenters add that the council needs to create new sites in order for the outlets to be created.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News about the issue, the director of property consultancy Jenics, Jeremy Collins, said:

“It is a fact that few workable sites remain in Manchester. However, there is a possible solution, with open dialogue between owners and Manchester council to look at relaxing planning laws on the pedestrianised section of King Street, where for several years the retail offer has declined.”

He acknowledges that it would be a bold move for the council to convert the area for licensed-leisure use, but maintains that it would be the right direction for the city if it allowed the street to mix shopping and dining in one space.

Posted by Peter
January 2, 2015
Restaurants

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