Central Bay, the new £3.5million waterfront dining and drinking destination championing the independent market at Quayside MediaCity, has officially opened attracting record number in its first week of trading.
Its opening coincided with the launch of Central Bay’s first anchor tenant – Kargo MKT food hall, operated by the award–winning Blend Family, which handled over 10,000 transactions in its first trading weekend alone and is predicting an additional 18,000 by the end of its first full week of trading.
The opening of Kargo Mkt’s 20 food hall and street vendor kitchens marks the start of what will be one of the biggest independent food and drink operations in the North with a microbrewery planned to open on site later this Autumn.
Salford brewing legends SEVEN BRO7HERS BREWING CO, recently announced they will deliver the 7,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art microbrewery – 11 Central, which will offer visitors a mix of drinksincluding limited edition beers, food, live music, bar games, as well as gin making classes.
The arrival of Kargo MKT and 11 Central mark the first phase of exciting developments within Central Bay. There are a further four standalone units earmarked for independent food and beverage operators which overlook the 2,000 sq ft south facing waterfront terrace which can accommodate up to 600 visitors outdoors.
The investment in Central Bay is the first major development in its shared vision with Salford City Council to create a town centre offering for residents, workers and visitors to MediaCity and the wider Quays.
Stephen Wild, Managing Director at MediaCity said: “The development of this part of Quayside MediaCity has been a long time coming so we are all so proud to be welcoming the public through the doors of Central Bay, alongside our partner and operator Blend Family. Partnerships are at the heart of MediaCity’s offering – it’s what brings this unique ecosystem to life – and we’re fully invested in our partnerships with Blend Family and Seven Brothers Brewing Co to make Central Bay somewhere truly special.
“The investment in Central Bay is just the start of a wide range of updates and improvements which the community will seeing coming forward over the next few months and years.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “We are thrilled to hear the success of the new Central Bay. Not only is this a great new offer for residents and visitors alike, but it also perfectly aligns with the hard work we are putting into ‘Visit Salford,’ our ongoing campaign to help attract tourism to our vibrant city.
“Salford Quays 2030 is a commitment to crafting a dynamic, inclusive, and thriving destination, where jobs and growth and opportunities are created that local people can benefit from.”
For more information on Central Bay visit www.mediacityuk.co.uk/centralbay.