Sidemen serve up Sides at Manchester Arndale

The Sides Wembley branch

Manchester Arndale is the home of the first Sides chicken restaurant, after the business, created by the YouTube group, The Sidemen, agreed a 10-year deal for a 1,222 sq ft unit at the city centre retail site.

With established outlets at BoxPark in Wembley and Croydon, Sides specialises in succulent chicken dishes paired with a choice of seven sauces.

This latest addition to Manchester Arndale’s food and beverage line-up follows other recent arrivals including Black Sheep Coffee, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Lazy Sundae, Slim Chickens and Tim Hortons.

The letting to Sides also follows a run of retail lettings to The North Face, Sunglasses Hut, Nike, Manchester City, and Moss.

Scott Linard, portfolio director for joint asset manager, M&G Real Estate, said: “With its already substantial following, the fried chicken outlet will undoubtedly be the perfect addition to an already vibrant food and beverage offering.

“We are dedicated to curating a dynamic retail destination that caters to a diverse range of visitors.

“Our commitment extends to providing not only a high quality retail experience, but also embracing cutting edge leisure and experiential operators, perfect for those looking for a full day out.”

Robin Mehta, Sides CEO, said: “Opening a location in Manchester is definitely a massive step for us and we are proud to be opening in the Arndale.

“Sides continues to grow with high street and shopping centre locations popping up around the country and we are really impressed with all the effort that has gone into making this vision come to life.”

Robin added: “From the menu options to the actual space itself, it is clear that The Sidemen are doing things properly and there’s no doubt this is a brand making food quality a priority. At Sides we like to say that people will come in for the hype, but they’ll come back for the food, and we’re confident this will be the case in Manchester.”

M&G Real Estate and Global Mutual act as joint asset managers of Manchester Arndale. Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are Manchester Arndale’s retained letting agents.