Two London leisure brands expand into Birmingham

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Two London-based leisure brands have let properties in Birmingham.

Darts bar, The Flight Club, and sourdough pizza chain, Franco Manca, are set to expand into the city centre.

Property consultancy FHP has let 3 floors at 13 Temple Street to Flight Club, a social darts concept that opened its first venue in Shoreditch in 2015. The darts bar chain, which also has branches in London’s Bloomsbury and Chicago, plans to serve food, cocktails, wines and beers.

Pizza chain, Franco Manca has agreed a 15-year lease with FHP at 19 Bennett’s Hill, the vacant former home of Nationwide Building Society. It plans to convert the property into a Neapolitan-inspired restaurant. Franco Manca has more than 40 outlets across the UK, the majority of which are based in London.

The two deals represent positive news for Birmingham city centre, which was recently dealt a blow following the sudden closure of four food and beverage outlets.

Doug Tweedie, FHP Director and Head of Birmingham office, said: “I am delighted with both lettings to occupiers who are not only new to Birmingham city centre, but represent firsts for the region. Despite a backdrop of recent negativity, Birmingham’s bar and restaurant scene continues to go from strength to strength and now genuinely competes at the highest level with other major UK cities.”

FHP opened its first West Midlands office at 122 Colmore Row in Birmingham in February this year. The property consultancy is currently working on a number of projects across the region.

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