New Grand Union site to partner with other traders

Grand Union Farringdon

A new site has been announced for Grand Union bars in London which will mark the debut of a new concept of working in partnership with other businesses.

The ninth Grand Union is to be created at Land Securities’ new development Thomas More Square in Wapping, east London, near to St Katharine’s Dock.

The 6,300 sq ft site will build on the successful format of other Grand Union bars around London but introduce “Concessionary Partners” – carefully picked traders to share the premises.

For Wapping, they have chosen an artisan coffee shop business and London’s “edgiest” barber shop operator, delivering beard trims and razor cuts although no names have yet been revealed.

Due to open in May next year, the “in-bar” partnerships are aimed at creating an “experiential, multi-faceted environment not yet seen in the industry”.

Grand Union CEO Adam Marshall said: “We’ve taken inspiration from the top players in partnership concepts. Seven months in the making and we’re ecstatic to play a small part in further developing what in my opinion is the greatest food and drinks capital.”

The new partnership concept is the latest new development after restaurant entrepreneur Luke Johnson invested in the business in 2013.

Grand Union bars are in Farringdon (pictured), Clapham, Wandsworth, Camberwell, Chancery Lane, Camden, Kennington and Paddington.

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