Manchester Airport has revealed plans to open 27 new shops and restaurants in its remodelled Terminal Two, which is due to open in 2025.

The extended departure lounge will feature a food market serving a variety of world cuisines and quick eats, alongside a boutique high street-style shopping area complete with a champagne bar and premium brands, artisan cafes and a brasserie.

In the shopping zone, which will be known as The Avenue, each store front will open onto airfield views. The airport is looking for retailers selling toys, fashion, accessories and travel essentials to take up units in this area, and is seeking out partners who will showcase the best of the North of England in their units, through the design of their stores and the range of products on offer.

Richard Jackson, retail director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are well aware that our guests’ holidays start at the airport and we want them to enjoy their time here – whether that means sipping craft beer brewed at the airport in a bar overlooking the airfield, or eating an artisan pizza. We already have a great range of food and drink options in Terminal Two, with local brands which create a strong sense of place, but we're looking to build on that with all-new offerings, including a champagne bar and a market hall style food court.

“We’re also seeking retail partners who will bring a high-class offering, tailored to the needs of the travelling public. The first phase of the project saw some exciting brands come on board, but we’re now keen to build on that and provide a more varied and comprehensive retail experience to cater for the tastes of the millions of passengers who will pass through the terminal’s doors.”


The big picture
The plans were revealed as the airport begins the tendering process for more than two dozen new units this month, with a view to announcing the successful applicants by next April.

The expanded retail and restaurant offering forms part of the transformation programme’s second phase, which will see the original Terminal Two building remodelled and upgraded, in sync with the recently-opened terminal extension. Work is expected to be completed by 2025.

More than 80% of the airport’s passengers are expected to travel through Terminal Two once the second phase of the transformation programme is complete.

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