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Hammerson completes dining transformation at Highcross


Hammerson has signed restaurant brands Byron and Chimichanga at Highcross shopping centre, Leicester.

The two lettings will complete the transformation of St Peter’s square from a retail and restaurant quarter to a dedicated restaurant and café mix. The new restaurants join an already successful line up including the Cinema de Lux and Frankie & Benny’s.

Chimichanga is to open a 2,625sq ft (244sq m) restaurant, which will be the brand’s first in Leicester. Byron will open a 3,006sq ft (280 sq m) restaurant, also new to the city and the brand’s first within Hammerson’s portfolio. Both restaurants will open later this summer.

Byron was founded in 2007 in London, with the aim of providing simple, high quality burgers with a choice of classic adornments.

Chimichanga currently has 13 restaurants around the UK, and has recently taken space at the leisure and catering extension at Hammerson’s Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow.

Chris Daly, Catering Leasing Executive at Hammerson, commented, “Both brands are a great addition to the existing catering offer at Highcross and will offer something new to diners. It’s testament to the centre’s draw as a regional destination that we are able to bring new dining brands to Leicester and to our portfolio.”

Tom Byng, Byron’s founder, said “We’re looking forward to bringing proper hamburgers to Leicester and opening in what is an ever more vibrant location.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted on behalf of Hammerson.