Capital&Centric search for local businesses

Capital&Centric has begun its search for independent operators to take space at its new developments across the region.

Exterior view of Capital&Centric’s Weir Mill Build to Rent scheme in Stockport | BTR News
Exterior view of Capital&Centric’s Weir Mill Build to Rent scheme in Stockport.

Social impact developers Capital&Centric has announced the recent launch of over 85,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure spaces at its neighbourhoods. It has called out to businesses looking to expand or relocate.

The developer has appointed agents to search for an eclectic mix of independent operators for its developments currently under construction in Manchester, Stockport, Bolton and Stoke-on-Trent.

“Whilst we can design and build neighbourhoods that standout from the rest, it’s the eclectic mix of operators that will ultimately make the place sing. We’ve got a raft of flexible spaces to suit a whole range of needs, whether it’s a creative start-up looking for a more inspiring place for their HQ, or a pizza joint or café deli itching to expand into new territories. There’s a real mix of property type too, whether the historic spaces with preserved original features or new build spaces that provide a totally different vibe. We’re proud to be delivering some of the most anticipated neighbourhoods in the region and we want to hear from businesses to be part of the neighbourhoods’ stories from day one. With staggered openings across the sites, the next 18 months is going to be a full on but an exciting time for our team and collaborators.”

Tom Wilmot, Joint Managing Director, Capital&Centric

From restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops to those looking for creative new office spaces, the team at Capital&Centric have opened expressions of interest and have started a slew of site visits with a wide range of brands looking to be part of the new sites.

Reflective of a similar stance taken at Capital&Centric’s Kampus garden Build to Rent neighbourhood in Manchester, the new developments aim to provide lush outdoor spaces and excellent transport links alongside the curated mix of local businesses.

“These projects will have a major positive impact on the towns and the wider region. The aim is to create true neighbourhoods with a community focus, so we’re looking to curate an independent-led mix of operators, from coffee shops and bars, to restaurants, grocery stores and multi-use and co-working spaces. Weir Mill in particular is pretty special, with incredible historic features and flexible spaces. It’s perfect for local and regional operators who are looking to expand into a new location or launch a new concept. Stockport is having a real moment and Weir Mill will further reinforce it as go-to destination.”

Chris Nutter, Founder of specialist retail and F&B agents, CN Prop

The Capital&Centric team have released the opportunities available at each site. Agents appointed on the sites include CN Prop, Cushman & Wakefield, Mounsey Surveyors and Avison Young.

Weir Mill, Stockport: Over 20,000 sq ft of ground floor spaces in the historic mills and neighbouring new builds, with the first spaces available in late 2024. It includes canalside, outdoor dining spaces under the viaduct and the restored West Shed, with stunning arched brick ceilings.

Neptune Mill, Piccadilly East (Manchester): Ground floor space for a coffee bar and coworking space in the restored mill on Chapeltown Street, with over 15,000 sq ft of design-led office spaces for creative businesses – set to be ready this summer.

Farnworth Green, Farnworth (Bolton): Over 20,000 sq ft of varying-sized units across the development, set to transform Farnworth’s centre, available from late 2024.

Goods Yard, Stoke-on-Trent: Over 30,000 sq ft of spaces across the new build apartment block and Pavilion, as well as the canalside double-height Vaults Warehouse – set to open in spring 2025.