Bloc booking for artisan cafe and sourdough bakery

A CGI of Trove at Bloc

Independent cafe and sourdough bakery, Trove, is coming to Manchester city centre within Bruntwood Works’ newly redeveloped Bloc building.

It will be the first central city site for the brand which is set to open a coffee and food destination on the ground floor of Bloc on June 1.

Trove will complete the lifestyle mix at the new Bloc development, joining BrewDog, The Dog House Hotel and FORM fitness to create a perfectly-blended mix of independent and innovative brands transforming the previously underused Fountain Street area of the city centre.

Established in Levenshulme back in 2011, Trove is bringing its concept to Bloc following the success of its second site in Ancoats.

Trove at Bloc will serve up its distinctive offering of artisan coffee and nutritious, handmade food and drink on the ground floor of Bloc, accessible via the building’s main entrance on Marble Street, creating a new Trove cafe experience for the city centre as well as the Bloc business community.

Taking over a 1,000 sq ft space, Trove will be front and centre of the ground floor arrival experience at Bloc.

Founder, Marcus Saide, said: “The Bloc ethos fits perfectly with what Trove is all about – taking care of ourselves and investing in wellness.

“We’ll be serving up all our classic dishes including our freshly baked breads, pastries and our homemade pickles and chutneys, as well as some specially created new menu items for Bloc.

“As we approach our 10-year anniversary of Trove I can’t think of a better place to create our latest brunch destination.”

Charlotte Wild, head of retail at Bruntwood Works, said: “We have long been fans of Trove’s approach to food and drink, and we’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming them to the Bloc community.

“It will create a fresh, independent cafe destination for the city, too with freshly baked bread and their incredible patisserie offering sitting alongside salads and juices – whether it’s treats or the healthiest of options everything is seasonal, sustainable and good for the soul.

“The ethos perfectly complements what we’re all about at Bloc, too – bringing balance to business and ensuring our customers can take care of themselves.”

Bruntwood Works’ Bloc is set to launch in May with a renewed focus on the work environment to help boost productivity.

The building will feature technology to monitor and optimise air quality, a state-of-the-art wellness suite hosting yoga and fitness classes by FORM, a sleep pod to help workers with vital rest and rejuvenation and a cascading garden in the foyer, with living walls throughout and on the building’s exterior facade

Bruntwood Works’ transformation of Bloc is part of the developer’s £50m Pioneer programme, which will see buildings across the North West, Midlands and Yorkshire reimagined into forward-thinking workspaces that offer innovative designs, individuality, flexibility, increased productivity and community.

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