New plans have been announced to extend CARGO at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf – the harbourside quarter’s burgeoning retail hub made of converted shipping containers.
Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, has plans to add seven new retail units to CARGO 2, the second phase of the scheme, which opened in May. The new retail space is set to compromise eight containers in total, two of which will form a ‘double size’ unit, plus some storage space.
Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, said: “We’re really excited about our plans to extend CARGO which we expect to have more of an emphasis on independent lifestyle and fashion businesses, whilst adding to the eclectic food and drink offering at Wapping Wharf.
“We have had huge interest in CARGO from across the city and beyond, and this new extension would give us the opportunity to meet this demand. It’s already shaping up to be another exciting summer for Wapping Wharf; it is fantastic to see people from Bristol and beyond really embracing CARGO and the wider independent retail offer within the quarter.”
The extension would be located at the far end of CARGO 2 down Museum Street.
A total of 46 containers make up CARGO 2, with the businesses occupying 38 of them and mainly shopping on the ground floor and restaurants above. CARGO 2 retailers include: Big Juice, Cargo Cantina, CUPP Bubble Tea, Gopal’s Curry Shack, John Kelly 1880+, Loop Massage, Mabboo, Pure Yoga, Oliver’s Ice Cream, Spuntino, TARE, Salt & Malt, Sholay, The Athenian, The Pickled Brisket, The Bristol Cheesemonger, and Harbour & Browns.
CARGO 1, which includes 18 containers, opened last year and is home to an eclectic mix of independent retailers including Woky Ko, Chicken Shed, Shambarber, The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, PIGSTY, Bristol Cider Shop, BOX-E, Lovett Pies and Corks of Cargo.
When complete, the Wapping Wharf community, Bristol’s newest harbourside quarter and one of the city’s most significant developments, will include over 600 new homes as well as a range of independent retailers. Mokoko, Better Food, Bertha’s Pizza, Little Victories, Fig 1 and Wild Beer Co opened along Gaol Ferry Steps last year, with Calypso Kitchen now open too.
The first phase of the Wapping Wharf neighbourhood is now complete, comprising 194 homes, with phase two, which will include over 320 new homes, coming next.