The owners of Newport’s Coppins Bridge complex say they believe there is enormous potential to bring new food, drink and leisure brands to the Isle of Wight – just days after the news of Burger King’s potential arrival on our shores.
As previously reported by Island Echo, strong rumours have been circulating that Burger King are set to open their first Isle of Wight store at Coppins Bridge. Although this still hasn’t been officially confirmed, there has been a strong hint that such news can be expected within months.
It has been revealed to Island Echo today (Tuesday) that Office Outlet are set to downsize to a smaller unit at Coppins Bridge rather than vacate Newport altogether, but this will make way for new business – maybe Burger King – to accommodate vacant space.
Otium Real Estate purchased the 73,605sq ft retail and leisure park in the heart of the Island in March last year and are now looking to push the popular complex into the future.
Speaking exclusively to Island Echo, Otium’s CEO, Ashley Blake, has said:
“We have been looking at the future letting of the two units left vacant recently by the closure of Maplin and the CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) of the Office Outlet. We believe that both units have enormous potential to bring new food, drink and leisure brands onto the island as well as maintaining Office Outlet in a smaller unit that works for their new business model.
“We are in discussions with different brands – and hope to confirm the names very soon, subject to agreeing final terms and planning permission being granted.
“We are looking to submit a planning application in the next few months, following a period of consultation with IoW Council and local stakeholders.”
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Otium is a specialist leisure developer and has transformed similar leisure parks in Milton Keynes, Wakefield, and Newport (Wales).
Coppins Bridge currently boasts a 11-screen Cineworld cinema, KFC drive-thru, Pizza Hut, Office Outlet and Fever bar.