A MAJOR new cinema and restaurant complex in Leigh is nearing completion and will open in mid-November.
The Loom development, on Spinning Jenny Way, will include a seven-screen Cineworld multiplex with four screens having the capability to show films in 3D, and a 5,000 square foot Chinese buffet restaurant owned by leading chain The Real China.
American-themed restaurant Frankie and Benny’s have already been announced for one of the units, and developers are now pushing forward to try and get all three units ready in time for the cinema’s official opening on November 18.
The first part of the development, a huge Tesco Extra store and petrol station, opened last month and is already doing well.
Only one unit now remains to be filled on the site, although developers have confirmed it will be a popular, high-profile national restaurant chain moving in to the 3,500 square foot space.
The site, formerly the Barlo radiator works, is being developed by property agency Lyndon Yeomans, who are working on the eateries in partnership with specialist restaurant agency DMR.
Lyndon Yeomans owner Neil Yeomans said: “It was an ideal site for us to develop as it’s an old industrial site linked to the town centre, which is a very unusual combination now.
“It’s been hugely successful in terms of what we had envisaged when we started, and the restaurant line-up is pretty much our ideal.
“It was a difficult sell to the commercial organisations at first but people have realised there are big opportunities and a big catchment area here.
“The combination of the cinema and food should be very successful, and the complex will give the town a real heart and a push forward.
“We’re not ready to announce the third chain which will be moving into the final unit, but I can confirm it’s something people will be excited about, and it will give the development a perfect line-up.”
The Real China have around 20 outlets serving Asian buffet cuisine, but the restaurant in Leigh will be their first in the area.
The restaurant will be a large one covering two units and measuring around 5,000 square feet in total.
Neil says the restaurants at The Loom have been carefully chosen to complement each other and attract as many people as possible to the site.
He said: “We are trying to get a good balance so there’s a good choice.
“We’ve got Frankie and Benny’s, which is a family diner, and the buffet as well should prove popular with families, so hopefully there will be something for everybody.”
The Loom will also have 800 car parking spaces covering the entire development.