Expanding café and bar group, Loungers Plc, has agreed a straight 15-year lease to take occupation of a 4,080 sq ft unit adjacent to Nando’s and ODEON Luxe Cinema at The Springs.
Loungers is a chain of neighbourhood cafe/bars combining elements of a restaurant, British pub and coffee shop culture. With over 200 Lounges nationwide, the award-winning business has plans to open around 30 further venues across the UK during its next financial year. The Springs will become its second venue in Yorkshire.
Although consistent with the Loungers brand, each venue is unique to its site and local area. Caballero Lounge at The Springs is to offer a home-from-home setting, serving a wide range of food and drinks all day in a relaxed environment. It will cater for all with a selection of games, books, toys and menus for Little Loungers. The dog friendly venue is due to open on 22nd February 2023 and will create 27 new jobs.
Gemma Irwin, Community Manager at Loungers, says:
“We are delighted to be bringing Caballero Lounge to The Springs. Our Lounges strive to put community at the heart of hospitality and our teams always go the extra mile to make a difference. They are actively encouraged to connect with their communities by working with local groups, charities, organisations and businesses that are at the heart of the fabric of local life.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming local residents to Caballero Lounge and to playing our part at the heart of The Springs development.”
Rachel Vickers, Senior Commercial Manager at Scarborough Group International (SGI), which is responsible for the asset management of The Springs and Thorpe Park Leeds, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Loungers to The Springs Leeds. The deal is testament to the strength of proposition for the centre which continues to attract high-quality operators, creating a fantastic mixed offering for the Thorpe Park estate and wider East Leeds Community.
“This exciting new venue will bring a new dynamic to The Springs which is currently more widely recognised for its retail offering. The introduction of a new café-bar, sitting alongside the cinema and existing food and beverage outlets, will widen the audience appeal and catchment with reason to spend more time at The Springs. This is further supported by the forthcoming new railway station on site that will provide direct access from the likes of York and Harrogate and also from Leeds City Centre in just eight minutes.”
The announcement follows just a few months after the UK’s largest homewares retailer, Dunelm opened a prominent 18,362 sq ft sales store at The Springs Leeds. Other recent openings include Betty Loves Candles and Elan Laser Clinics, and deals are progressing for further food and beverage attractions.
Because of its unique and highly modern environment, The Springs has been used as a springboard for new concepts by other operators. These include the UK’s first purpose designed ODEON Luxe cinema, the joint venture between Next and Piccolo by Piccolino, a new concept store for The Range, Vitruvian dental practice and the recently opened Elan Laser Clinic as its first venture in the UK.