The biggest thing to hit dining out for years in Harrogate is marching swiftly on.
Harrogate's landmark leisure development, featuring a five-screen Everyman cinema, is nearing completion and set to open 90% let this autumn.
The £10 million scheme, developed by Harrogate-based regeneration specialists 4Urban, has already seen the opening of six food and drink operators in Cau, YO! Sushi, Veeno, Byron, Cote and Ask Italian and detailed negotiations are close to being finalised for lettings of the two remaining groundfloor units and of three residential apartments.
Paul Lancaster, managing director of 4Urban, said: "Like all of the lettings that we have completed, the remaining units will be taken by operators who are new to the town and, alongside Everyman, they will add considerably to the attraction of Harrogate as a retail and leisure destination."
The 55,000 sq ft development has transformed the site on Albert Street/Station Parade, formerly occupied by the Co-op's Westgate department store and latterly Beales.
Paul Lancaster said: "Our aim from the outset was to raise the bar by creating a landmark scheme for high quality operators who want to invest in Harrogate and share in the town's success.
"I'm pleased to hear from those restaurants that have been open for a few weeks that they are trading strongly."
The Everyman cinema is scheduled to arrive in September.