A WILDWOOD restaurant has been revealed as the latest major name for the Crowngate shopping centre.
Wildwood offers freshly prepared pastas, pizzas and grills and will take over the former House bar and restaurant in Chapel Walk opposite Bill’s and Coffee Dough.
The unit has been empty since the sudden closure of House in October but centre chiefs have moved to fill the space with a high quality restaurant.
The Crown Estate, owners of the Crowngate Shopping Centre, agreed a lease for the new restaurant to take over the 4,800 sq ft unit and open its first branch in Worcestershire.
Since 2013 the Crown Estate has added several leading eateries to the walk including Bill’s, Carluccio’s and The Green Room.
Jonny Plant, from Wildwood, said: “We are pleased to be opening in Worcester’s Crowngate Centre, which has over the last two years established itself as a top destination for high quality dining in the region.
“Our main goal wherever we work is to provide great food, in a relaxed, welcoming environment and we are looking forward to bringing that philosophy to Worcester.
“We will be particularly focused on the all-day offer and will be introducing daily specials including a selection of salads, freshly baked breads and exclusively imported products for the deli takeaway or restaurant dining experience”
The Crown Estate has also agreed to purchase the long leasehold interest to 35-40 Friary Walk for £3.29million from asset manager F&C Reit.
The Crown Estate already holds the freehold rights to the 32,000 sq ft building in the city centre which is occupied by New Look.
Matthew Baddeley, asset manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We know that shoppers want more than just a functional shopping experience, which is why we’ve been working hard in Worcester to develop a high quality catering offer, bringing leading operators like Wildwood to Crowngate.”