Regent Circus scheme tastes success in attracting another top-name restaurant chain

December 10, 2013

Jimmy’s Restaurants, which operates World Kitchen and Pan Asian Kitchen, has become the latest food outlet to sign up to Swindon’s £50m Regent Circus leisure and retail scheme ahead of its opening.

The chain will join other leading restaurants including Nando’s, Prezzo, Ask and Coal Grill & Bar at Regent Circus.

It has signed a 25-year lease and will combine two units to create a restaurant totaling more than 7,000 sq ft. The Pan Asian Kitchen will offer more than 100 different dishes of Indian, Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine.

Work on the scheme, which will be anchored by a six-screen Cineworld cinema, is now underway and due to complete next autumn.

Only two of the eight restaurant units now remain available and developer Ashfield Land said it is in advanced negotiations on one of those.

Managing director Andrew Fisher said: “We are delighted to add Jimmy’s Pan Asian Kitchen and Bar to the increasingly impressive menu at Regent Circus. It is the latest restaurant chain to recognise that the new retail and leisure destination offers a first class business opportunity.

“Interest in the units at the development has accelerated since we started construction work in the summer and it highlights the pent up demand and the strength of the development.

“It is very satisfying to see the jigsaw almost complete and the transformation of this part of Swindon town centre making very positive progress.”

Jimmy’s Restaurants property director Jeremy Smith said: “Regent Circus has all the right ingredients for a fantastic leisure destination and we are very excited at the prospect of introducing our unique blend of food and fun to the people of Swindon.”

As well as the all-digital multiplex cinema, the retail and leisure scheme will include a 52,000 sq ft Morrisons superstore and a 450-space car park. Ashfield Land acquired the freehold of the former Swindon College site in 2006. The college has since relocated to a new £17m campus.

Agents acting on behalf of Ashfield Land on the Regent Circus development are R&C Retail Property Consultants and Jones Lang LaSalle.

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