Five restaurants sign for Colchester leisure park development

12th September 2023 | Jack Oliver

Five new restaurant operators have been signed to Turnstone Estates’ £70m leisure park development in Colchester.

The signings mark a step forward for the wider 10-acre Northern Gateway development at Junction 28 of the A12.

Alongside the recently opened Northern Gateway Sports Park, the development will include new homes, a healthcare hub and commercial floorspace.

Mexican operator El Guaca will take a 3,305 sq ft unit, whilst dessert restaurant Kaspa’s will occupy a 3,132 sq ft space.

Buffet company Nines is set to open in a 3,832 sq ft unit, with national chain Slim Chickens taking a 4,000 sq ft unit restaurant.

Italian food specialist Taste of Italy will also take up residence, opening in a 2,131 sq ft space.

The lettings will look to enhance the leisure park’s leisure attractions, which will include a 12-screen Cineworld cinema, a Hollywood Bowl 20-lane bowling alley, a Puttstars golf centre, and a 90-bedroom Travelodge hotel.

Turnstone now has just two remaining restaurant units available, following deals with Kervan Kitchen, Wendy’s, and Greggs.

Chris Goldsmith, managing director, Turnstone Estates, said: “Colchester Leisure Park’s fantastic location on the edge of this fast-growing city, adjacent to Colchester United FC’s JobServe Community Stadium and the recently opened Colchester Sports Park, has proved to have enormous appeal to many enterprising food and drink operators.  We look forward to the coming months as we move into the final phase to bring this landmark project to completion.”

Councillor Mark Cory, deputy leader of Colchester City Council, added: “Today’s announcement is great news for Colchester. It is further evidence of the attraction our city holds as a great place to invest, visit, live and work.

“The signing of five new restaurants to the line-up of operators is a major milestone in the delivery of a vibrant and attractive leisure destination at Northern Gateway. We have been clear from the start that this new leisure park has no retail units and brings new businesses that are additional to the offer in our City. These new restaurants and leisure units add to the attraction of Colchester, bringing people from all over Essex, Suffolk and beyond.”

Turnstone Estates was advised by Whybrow and Wareing & Partners.


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