Manchester is the North West’s foremost city region, with 3 million people living or working there and is known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. An excellent choice for business and investment, it is a vibrant and exciting destination with a myriad of benefits and attractions. The Manchester city Region covers ten areas: Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Together they represent the largest functional economic area outside London.
The population of Manchester is estimated to have over 2,730,000 residents.
- With over 57.8m million trips made annually to Manchester.
- With over 15 million visits to Manchester over the Christmas period.
- Manchester supports over 106,695 enterprises and 125,000 local units.
Manchester Liverpool Road was the world’s first purpose-built passenger and goods railway station and served as the Manchester terminus on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway – the world’s first inter-city passenger railway. The Manchester station group – comprising Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate – is the third busiest in the United Kingdom, with 44.9 million passengers annually. Manchester became the first city in the UK to acquire a modern light rail tram system when the Manchester Metrolink opened with over 37.8 million passenger journeys made annually.
Manchester Shopping Centre
Located in the heart of Exchange Square in a prime position is Corn Exchange. It is next door to the National Football Museum, The printworks recreational hub, Arndale Shopping centre and a short walk from Manchester Arena. The Corn Exchange comprises of 15 restaurants and a bar together with a 114 room hotel. This site is served by the new Exchange Metrolink stop and Victoria station, with Piccadilly Station a 15 minute walk away. On average units to rent in retail and leisure parks range from £10,000 per year up to £450.000 dependant on size, volume and location of the units.
Retail and Leisure Park
Manchester Fort Shopping Park located 1.5 miles north of the city centre at the junction of the A665 Cheetham Hill Road. The premier retail park in Manchester comprises of M&S, Starbucks, Nando’s, Nike, Next, Superdrug, TK Maxx, Specsavers and many others. This is in an ideal location for people looking to set up shop and shoppers alike. With 833,000 people within a 15 minute drive from the shopping park, 28,000 vehicles pass the site daily and 38 buses passing the site each hour at peak times.
The future of retail in Manchester
Manchester is a hugely popular student destination with over 105,000 students across four leading universities, making it one of the largest student populations in the UK and also in Europe. Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre lies in the heart of the city and is one of the largest city centres covered shopping complexes in the UK with an average of 798,000 visits per week. Strategically located between Marks & Spencer, Market Street and Manchester Piccadilly Station the complex is easily accessible to thousands of visitors each year. The centre maintains a loyal shopper base attracted by strong retail mix. Alongside shopping it has a large range of restaurants which makes it a very popular leisure and dining destination and an outstanding location if you’re looking for shops to let.