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Prezzo, Frankie & Benny's and Costa Coffee to Move on to Monks Cross Expansion

Monks Cross Expansion 241013

12:46pm 24th October 2013
(Updated 4:40pm 24th October 2013)

Prezzo, Frankie & Benny's and Costa Cofee will move on the Monks Cross expansion at the flagship Vangarde Retail Park in York.

Marks & Spencer, Next and John Lewis have already announced they'll be opening stores on the site and steel frames have already been erected for the flagship stores.

Costa Coffee will move into a 1,600 sq. ft. unit and Frankie & Benny’s will move into a 4,000 sq. ft. space in the kiosk and restaurant space. Minster FM's been told further announcements of other additional new occupiers will be made shortly.

The Frankie & Benny's restaurant will be it's third in York and will be in addition to the current ones on Foss Islands Road and Clifton Moor. It will open in Spring 2014 and employ 40-50 people. A spokesperson for the chain told Minster FM "York has been a good place for us and we're delighted to be opening another Frankie & Benny's in the city."

Minster FM can also exclusively reveal restaurant chain Prezzo will also be coming to the site after signing up at the end of last week. Talks are taking place with three other operators who it's hoped will sign up within the next fortnight.

Richard France, managing director of The Oakgate Group, commented: “It’s great to see the Vangarde Retail Park taking shape. We have already completed some exciting deals, bringing John Lewis to Yorkshire, as well as top brands such as M&S, Next, Costa and Frankie & Benny’s. We have received a great deal of interest in the site and we are in the final stages of completing a number of other lettings to announce in the next few weeks.”

Throughout October, Caddick Construction’s team will be undertaking cladding to the steel frames and the floors will be laid with concrete.

Neil Lindley, projects manager, at Caddick Construction, comments: “We are delighted with the progress being made on site. The development is on schedule and by the end of October the retail units will be taking shape and fit outs of the individual stores will begin.

“Over the past few months, the team has been working extremely hard to deliver each stage of the build in line with the programme. As well as the main site itself, the landscaping and roadworks surrounding the retail park are also taking shape.”

The Oakgate Group, which is part owned by Caddick Group, commenced work in May 2013 on the flagship retail and leisure development. It is set to open in Easter 2014 and will deliver 1,000 new jobs to the City and provide significant funding for the new 6,000 seat Community Stadium, the proposed new home to York City FC and the York City Knights.

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