Posted: Mon 17th Jun 2024

New food and drink hub set to open as part of Chapter Court for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

The owners of a Wrexham retail development have revealed when a new food and drink hub is expected to open.

Permission for the latest phase of the Chapter Court scheme was granted by Wrexham Council earlier this week.

It will see a rear courtyard off Argyle Street, which is currently used as a service yard, transformed by introducing food and drink outlets and an events space.

The proposals inspired by Camden Market in London were put forward by TBE (Southern) Limited in December last year.

Following the approval of the application, the manager of the venue has now provided an update outlining how work will begin within the next few weeks.

Joss Prince also disclosed that the revamped courtyard is expected to open to the public next spring.

He said: “Here at Chapter Court, we are extremely pleased to be moving forward with the next phase of developments.

“This allows us to expand our current offering of micro-retail units to street food operators, eateries and grab-and-go business model operators.

“Chapter Court is located in the heart of Wrexham and is quickly becoming a hive of activity, catering for everyone’s shopping, food, and drink needs.

“With this most recent planning approval, works are set to begin within weeks, with operational service corridors being installed.”

He added: “In the latter half of the year, contractors will upgrade the current site service yard into a social hot spot, with a variety of street food units being constructed.

“In spring 2025, the courtyard will be officially open to the public. It will offer regular live entertainment with social seating along with a variety of independent street food and drink establishments.”

Permission for the wider Chapter Court scheme to redevelop a group of shops near Queen’s Square was previously granted in June 2020.

Work to refurbish the retail units was initially disrupted by the Covid pandemic, but later went ahead and many have now been occupied.

In April this year, a new craft beer tap room called Rough Hands Tap was opened as part of the development in the old CeX store on Queen Street.

Mr Prince said: “We are really excited to be moving into the next phase of development.
“We currently have a temporary marquee pavilion installed on-site, offering undercover seating and live entertainment throughout the summer.

“This recent planning approval now means we can create a more permanent versatile offering moving forward.”

By Liam Randall – LDR

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