Zizzi, Las Iguanas and Global Buffet confirmed for multi-million pound Preston development

Zizzi and Las Iguanas have confirmed they will be coming to Preston as part of the multi-million pound Animate leisure and entertainment complex.

The two chains are among the three operators confirmed for the development of the city center which is being built on the site of the former covered market. Cosmo, a global buffet operator, has also confirmed that it will occupy an 11,000 square foot unit on the top floor.

Preparation work will begin next month after Preston City Council gave the green light for the complex to move into the next key stage of development, with start-up on site in early 2023. LancsLive previously reported how Arc Cinema had confirmed that it would take a 25-year lease at Animate and is following Hollywood Bowl in committing to development.

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City Council today confirmed the triple announcement of Cosmo, Italian restaurant Zizzi and Latin American bar and restaurant Las Iguanas. These listings alone represent 18,000 square feet in the historic development which is overseen by Maple Grove Developments.

Main contractor Eric Wright Construction is expected to begin work on the construction phase in January 2023 with the restaurants expected to be operational once the project opens in late 2024. Located in the Harris area of ​​the city, Animate has been given the green light from Preston City Earlier in October and in addition to the main leisure hubs, the council will offer five main restaurants as well as a street food center and a competitive social space, significantly improving the commercial, leisure and cultural offer of the city center .

Animate will also feature a new 164-space underground car park, with improvements to the surrounding public realm, improved pedestrian connections, changing rooms, and improved landscaping, tree planting and street lighting.

Marc Ward, head of acquisitions for Azzurri Group, owner of Zizzi, said: “Preston has been a long-time target for Zizzi. We have worked with Maple Grove and Preston City Council for many years to bring this development to fruition and are very pleased. be part of this exciting leisure and dining hub in the center of this great UK city.”

Leader of Preston City Council, Councilor Matthew Brown, said: ‘The strength of these three popular restaurants agreeing to sign on before the start of the main construction phase is testament to this groundbreaking development which is now 75% let. shows an exceptional level of confidence in a program that will make a big difference in regenerating Preston’s leisure, entertainment and cultural offering.

“Animate will remain council-owned for the people of Preston and will play a central role in creating secure, long-term jobs, skills and training opportunities, and boosting footfall in the city centre, supporting our economy. culture and our retail core. As part of the construction and development phase, local suppliers and partnerships with unions will be an important element to further support our vision of an inclusive economy.”

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