High-end supermarket chain Booths looks set to open its first Greater Manchester store at Salford Quays’ MediaCityUK.
Peel Media has submitted an application to extend a unit under MediaCityUK’s car park to create the Booths food store.
The store, which will be one of the largest retail sites in the Booths portfolio, is likely to create more than 180 jobs.
Property director Graham Booth said: “This will be our first opportunity to develop the Booths brand within the Greater Manchester area.
“Media City is the ideal position and is an extremely accessible and high profile location.
“Booths will be the only large food and drink retailer within the initial phase and the move represents a massive opportunity for our food producers to showcase the very best of the North of England and promote their businesses and products to a wide range of media.”
The agreement with Booths will be finalised once planning permission is granted.
The MediaCity plan is for a 23,000 sq ft food store – taking up more than a quarter of the total retail space at the complex – set to open in 2011.
More retail spaces will be spread across MediaCityUK, providing shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.
Phase one of the site will be home to around 5,000 workers when it opens in 2011.
EH Booth & Co, a chain of 26 stores, was founded by 19-year-old Edwin Henry Booth in Blackpool in 1847, and chairman Edwin Booth is the fifth generation of his family to head the firm.
Most of its stores are in Lancashire, and it trades in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Cheshire, with flagship sites in Keswick and Lytham.
Booths employs 3,000 staff and has a turnover of £240 million.
Source: Manchester Evening News