Boxpark puts out call for new operators as it pushes forward with development plans

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Boxpark puts out call for new operators as it pushes on with development and expansion plans

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Boxpark says it is to introduce dedicated spaces geared towards competitive socialising concepts as it endeavours to get its growth plans back on track following the Coronavirus lockdown.

The shipping-container mall group, which has three London locations in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley, is currently looking for street food, retail and leisure operators across all of its sites, which reopened last Saturday (4 July) following the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Having introduced a dedicated competitive socialising space at its Wembley site last year - which featured activities such as axe throwing; virtual reality gaming; and a ‘PlayBox’ area with shuffleboard, table tennis, pool and table football - the company says it is now planning to bring similar concepts to its Croydon outpost. 

It is also hoping to boost the retail offering at its flagship Shoreditch site.

Boxpark says that to alleviate concerns regarding rent, it is offering the option of either a fixed-term lease or turnover-based rent to all prospective tenants.

Those who are interested in joining Boxpark should apply here​.

The group adds that it is also currently looking for potential UK sites to establish its two new concepts: BoxOffice and BoxHall.

It unveiled its idea for the two offshoot concepts last summer​ as part of a nationwide expansion plan to open 10 new sites over the next five years.

BoxOffice will be the larger of the two developments, and is designed as a way to incorporate a co-working spaces into new Boxpark sites.

The BoxOffice sites will be between 50,000 and 150,000sq ft in size, and set over four to six floors.

Ground floors will feature a Boxpark streetfood and bar area, with the first floor designated for leisure operators including cinemas, crazy golf and karaoke, and two to four floors of co-working space above that.

The second concept, BoxHall, will be smaller - 10,000 to 20,000sq ft – F&B-focused destinations that will each feature between six and 12 street food vendors.

“Despite over 12 weeks of closure, we have remained optimistic about reopening our site and realised how crucial it is to adapt your business in order to survive these trying times," says Boxpark CEO Roger Wade. 

"At Boxpark, we are constantly evolving and looking for new ways to attract and entertain customers - beginning with independent pop-up retailers to fantastic street food traders, and now, we are shifting towards the leisure space to  continue building our existing sites into landmark destinations with culture, entertainment and community at the heart.”

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