Two major restaurant chains have joined the menu on offer to intu Metrocentre visitors as part of their national expansion plans.
American restaurant chain Coast to Coast and cult burger brand Five Guys have both signed deals to open venues at the Gateshead shopping centre.
Coast to Coast has signed a 25-year lease for a Metrocentre restaurant covering 7,100 sq ft.
Jonny Buckle, head of acquisitions, leisure of The Restaurant Group plc, which owns Coast to Coast, said: “intu understands the importance of mixing dining and retail.
“Its centres attract strong footfall and are great places for the dining offers of The Restaurant Group. Customers welcome the choice that is available. “
Meanwhile, premium burger chain Five Guys has signed a 15-year deal for around 4,000sqft of space adjacent to a new Chiquito and opposite a new TGI Friday’s.
John Eckbert, chief executive officer of Five Guys UK - who are also rumoured to be considering a site in Newcastle - said: “We are very excited to be opening in Intu Metrocentre.
“We’re looking forward to serving our burgers and fries to Gateshead.”
Mike Butterworth, chief operating officer of intu, said: “Catering continues to be an area of significant growth in the UK and many leading hospitality chains have exciting expansion plans.
“Both established operators and new brands are recognising that only intu can provide truly national access to millions of customers at prime and super-regional prime shopping centres.”
“Two thirds of the UK population visit intu owned shopping centres each year to socialise, spend time with friends and family, and relax. Having the best restaurants and bars is an important part of that customer experience.”