Two new food halls are coming to the North West.
Following four years of increasing success, the team behind General Store and Stretford Food Hall is set to expand its portfolio of retail and hospitality offerings further – with not one, but two brand new food halls up their sleeves for this year.
Casting their sights on up-and-comers Sale and Northwich, the new developments hope to replace the success of Stretford Food Hall – which has proven to be a real community asset since its opening. Set to be home to an ever-changing roster of independent street food vendors, the new concept will provide locals with a new community space to use – with a 150-cover dining and drinking space, plus an outdoor terrace planned for this summer’s opening in Sale. The new Foodhall will replace the ‘Groceries and Beer’ unit already operated by the Store Group, and will be relocated around the corner at Stanley Square Shopping Mall to create a bigger 5,500 sq ft food, drink & retail destination.
Mital Morar, Founder of Store Retail Group said: “This is a really exciting moment for us as we announce our second and third Foodhalls. It’s been a long time coming as, like everyone, we’ve battled against COVID over the last year, so we’re hugely excited that the plan is now taking shape.
“We’ve made Sale our home over the last eighteen months, and as we expand and put down even stronger roots in the town we look forward to celebrating an exciting new chapter with the community.
“Northwich is also a really exciting location for us, taking the step out of Manchester for the first time is a big deal for our brand and we are looking forward to the challenge. The location is really important to us – we want to be able to create our own community in Northwich.
“People challenged us when we chose Stretford for our first Foodhall, but it’s turned out to be incredible for both our brand and the locals. Our venues aren’t just somewhere to grab food and drink, they are community spaces designed to engage those living and working around it. We want to reignite our town centres, building spaces that champion local traders and make everyone feel welcome.”
Northwich’s brand new food hall is not set to open its doors until the Autumn, however, locals can expect a two-storey unit in the town centre in the Baron’s Quay Social space, with both indoor space and a rooftop terrace to enjoy.
Both halls will welcome a rotating roster of food and drink vendors, with craft beers, wines, coffees and plenty of different cuisines to try. Each hall will also feature its very own General Store, too, which will follow on the same ‘neighbourhood initiative’ that the group’s other stores have become well-known for. Expect artisan alcohol as well as local fresh baked goods and zero-waste, household essential refill stations – as well as local foods, drinks and more.