North West Square | Real Greek chooses Manchester for its first northern location

The Manchester site will be Real Greek’s twentieth and most northerly. Credit: via town planning documents

Dan Whelan

The restaurant chain, which is part of the same group as pizzeria Franco Manca, will take over a 6,200 square foot unit in the Corn Exhange previously occupied by Wahaca.

The Manchester site will be Real Greek’s twentieth and most northerly. The majority of its restaurants are in London with additional outlets in Bournemouth, Norwich, Southampton, Reading, Bristol and Bracknell.

The Real Greek is part of the Fulham Shore restaurant group. Another, Franco Manca, operates on Mosley Street in Manchester and plans to open a second site on King Street, as reported North West Square in September.

In a business update released last week, Fulham Shore said deals to open 20 more Franco Mancas and The Real Greeks are underway.

Fulham Shore is working with Technical Signs on the Corn Exchange restaurant signage strategy.

David Page, President of Fulham Shore, said: “Fulham Shore continues to experience sales growth in both of our businesses. Many of our restaurants across the UK continue to regularly break trading records.

“We are accelerating our growth in the UK and abroad. We continue to negotiate ahead of our own expectations and have a strong pipeline of exciting new locations. “

The former Wahaca restaurant, unit two within the Corn Exchange, has a taxable value of £ 201,000, according to rental agent Metis Real Estate. The Corn Exchange is home to a variety of operators, including Cozy Club, Gino’s, Mowgli, Vapiano, Banyan and the Roomzzz aparthotel.

Wahaca has closed a third of its restaurants due to the pandemic. These included sites in Manchester and Liverpool, its only sites in the north.

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