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Manchester's 'coolest corner shop' continues rapid expansion

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 16/06/2021 Daisy Jackson

The team who created what's affectionately known as Manchester's 'coolest corner shops' are expanding once again.

General Stores - behind Ancoats General Store, Stretford Foodhall and many more - will be opening new sites in both Sale and Northwich.

Sale Foodhall will be home to an ever-changing roster of independent street food traders, as well as a retail space.

The large 5,500 sq ft site at Stanley Square Shopping Mall will have space for 150 diners in its dining and drinking space, as well as an outdoor terrace.

graphical user interface: The huge new Sale Foodhall, with space for 150 diners © Supplied The huge new Sale Foodhall, with space for 150 diners

It will replace General Stores' existing business in Sale, the Groceries and Beer convenience store just around the corner from the new venture.

The Foodhall concept has been a roaring success in Stretford, receiving a rave review from the M.E.N. when it opened in 2019.

General Stores are also gearing up for an expansion to Cheshire later in the year, with a 9,000 sq ft unit in Northwich town centre that will include a rooftop terrace.

There'll be space for rotating food vendors, bars serving local craft beers and wines, a coffee shop and bakery, as well as a corner shop retail space in both sites.

Shoppers can pick up daily essentials in General Stores sites, as well as artisan alcohol, locally-baked treats, and use eco-friendly refill stations.

These latest openings follow a busy year for the business, which recently launched Deansgate Square, and will soon open sites at Kampus in the city centre and Kampus in the city centre.

a group of people in a room: Stretford Foodhall © Stacey Oliver Photography Stretford Foodhall

Mital Morar, founder of Store Retail Group said: "This is a really exciting moment for us as we announce our second and third Foodhalls.

"It's been a long time coming as, like everyone, we’ve battled against COVID over the last year, so we’re hugely excited that the plan is now taking shape.

"We’ve made Sale our home over the last eighteen months, and as we expand and put down even stronger roots in the town we look forward to celebrating an exciting new chapter with the community.

a dining room table: This will be their second Foodhall, following success in Stretford © Supplied This will be their second Foodhall, following success in Stretford

"Northwich is also a really exciting location for us, taking the step out of Manchester for the first time is a big deal for our brand and we are looking forward to the challenge.

"The location is really important to us - we want to be able to create our own community in Northwich.

"People challenged us when we chose Stretford for our first Foodhall, but it’s turned out to be incredible for both our brand and the locals. Our venues aren’t just somewhere to grab food and drink, they are community spaces designed to engage those living and working around it.

"We want to reignite our town centres, building spaces that champion local traders and make everyone feel welcome."

Local independent businesses are invited to get in touch with General Stores to stock products or take a food vendor pitch - email trading@store-group.co.uk.

The new Sale site will create ten new jobs too - vacancies are posted at store-group.co.uk/careers.

Sale Foodhall is set to open this summer.

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