Niche burger brand coming to retail and leisure complex

The Burger Priest, an expanding restaurant chain, has chosen The Springs at Thorpe Park Leeds to open its eighth UK outlet.

The niche burger brand will move into a 1,800 sq ft unit adding to the existing food & beverage offer at The Springs, close to the ODEON Luxe Cinema.

The landlord, Thorpe Park Developments Limited, has agreed a new ten-year lease on a new lease structure designed to react to the changing economic climate that businesses face within the retail and leisure sectors.

The Burger Priest Leeds restaurant will be first in the North of England and is expected to generate around 20 new jobs when it opens in October.

The board of directors at The Burger Priest said: “We are thrilled to be opening another The Burger Priest at The Springs Leeds, a new, modern development which fits well with our expanding new brand.

“We believe our offer of high-quality food at affordable prices will be a great addition at The Springs giving an extra dimension to the dining experience for the wider Leeds community.”

All stores at The Springs have resumed normal trading following the Covid-19 restrictions period.

The ODEON Luxe Cinema re-opened last month with the ‘ODEON safer cinema’ experience which includes contactless buying, staggered show times, enhanced cleaning with guest sanitiser stations and reduced seating capacity.

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant has also re-opened, with new safety measures including a refurbished outdoor terrace and the launch of Gino2Go takeaway service.

And hair salon, Room 97, has launched post lockdown with great success and a waiting list for appointments.

The Springs Leeds is at the heart of the mixed-use Thorpe Park Leeds business location, in North-East Leeds.

The development is home to over 60 businesses and nearly 5,000 workers.

Adam Varley at Scarborough Group International, the Joint Venture Partner developing Thorpe Park Leeds with Legal & General, said: “The footfall and trading performance for most of the businesses at The Springs has bounced back and, in some instances, trading performance is above the like-for-like period in the previous year.

“Even though the majority of the 5,000 customers from our business park occupiers has temporarily reduced footfall, we are seeing new customers choose to visit and shop at The Springs.

“It offers a spacious, open air environment, with free car parking and with it’s varied line up of shops, cafes and restaurants the centre gives an alternative to the city centre venues.

“We are delighted to welcome The Burger Priest to The Springs.”