Coal Grill & Bar roll-out extends to Gloucester

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Coal Grill & Bar is to open in Gloucester as part of a new expansion programme supported by new funding.

It has become the latest operator to join the line-up at the new Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, taking a 332 sq m unit in the canal-side Lucy & Pillar building. It will have 100 covers, employing between 35 and 40 full and part-time staff.

Founded in 2007 by chief executive John Gater, Coal Bar & Grill (pictured) focuses on using fresh ingredients cooked over hot coals or served baking from stone ovens. It specialises in cocktails, offering classics and twists plus original recipes.

Gloucester Quays will be one of five openings this year to take the operator to 11 units. In April, it announced it had secured growth finance from fund management group Beringea and venture capital firm Octopus Investments, along with bank finance.

The company, trading as Charterhouse Leisure, plans to secure up to six new restaurants a year for the next three years, working with property specialist Savills.

John said; “We want to expand the restaurant chain to centres and locations where there is a mix of retail and leisure with the key requirement that there be a cinema.”

The Gloucester Quays development was opened by The Peel Group in 2009 and expanded with a new £60million leisure and lifestyle extension that was launched last December. Alongside retail outlets, the complex features a 1,500-seat Cineworld plus Loungers’ Portivo Lounge, Ed’s Easy Diner, Zizzi, Chimichanga, Nando’s and PizzaExpress.

Adrian Wright, leasing director of Peel Outlets: said: “The growing regional reach and increasing customer footfall following the addition of its leisure extension are now take-notice considerations for the retailers and leisure/lifestyle operators.

“Coal Grill & Bar, with its unique fresh and flavoursome offer, will add to the centre’s appeal as a shopping and lifestyle destination.”

Thomas Rose of Cushman & Wakefield, one of the letting agents for Gloucester Quays, said: “Coal Grill & Bar will bring an increasingly popular chargrill offer to Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre. Both restaurant and bar operators are discovering that the centre has become a dominant destination for shoppers and those people just wanting a memorable day out.”

Coal Grill & Bar has two restaurants in Bristol and others in Basingstoke in Hampshire, Exeter, Milton Keynes and Sheffield. By the end of 2014, it will nearly have doubled in size with new sites in Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Regent Circus in Swindon, and Cardiff city centre.

In 2015 it plans to add The Rock in Bury in Lancashire, Broughton Park in Cheshire and South Central in Bromley, south-east London.

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