Belvoir Castle seeks budding food and drink retailers

The Engine Yard, a new destination for food and drink, is looking for prospective retailers to join its collection of shops and a café located close to the entrance of the Belvoir Castle in Leicester

Set to open on 4th May 2018, The Engine Yard is formed of a cluster of buildings originally used to house maintenance workshops that serviced the properties on the 15,000-acre Belvoir estate.

Through a £2.4m investment, the buildings are being converted into multiple retail outlets. Some of the units have already been assigned and will host a café-cum-event space, a butchery and farm shop, a clothing and accessories store, a spa and a plant centre.

Six or seven additional units are all seeking tenants. Internally, the vacant units range in size from 388 square feet to 1313 square feet, with many offering external space as well. Annual rents start from £10,000 (rising to £35,000), with an approximate 30 per cent communal service charge to cover shared utilities, maintenance, security and marketing.

Positioned close to the A1, The Engine Yard is a 10-minute drive from the A52, 15 minutes from both Grantham and Melton Mowbray and 40 minutes from Nottingham. Developers state that there are 75,860 households within a 30-minute drive, and 982,082 within an hour's drive.

The Duchess of Rutland, CEO of Belvoir Castle said, “There is already a great buzz of anticipation surrounding the opening of The Engine Yard in May, as there is nothing like it in the area. Championing regional producers and great British brands, The Engine Yard will become a community hub where locals and tourists will shop for excellent quality food and linger over delicious meals prepared in the Yard's café.

“The fact that it's located opposite the entrance to the Belvoir Castle, so a steady stream of visitors is assured, and close to key transport links means that residents near and far can easily reach it, as well as the site's excellent calendar of events, will ensure The Engine Yard's vibrancy, attracting crowds and encouraging repeat visits.”

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