Prospect Shopping Centre's strEAT food court goes into administration

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Apr 2017

The future of the Prospect Shopping Centre's food court in Hull has been placed in doubt after the firm that operates it was placed in administration.

The strEAT dining area, on the top deck area the city centre shopping centre, hosts an array of different restaurants, including Real Coffee, Roosters, Burger King and El Taco Loco.

Bosses say it is "business as usual" after the company running it, CPL Foods Ltd, was placed in administration and staff have received some reassurances over their pay.

It is understood buyers are now being sought for the operation as a "going concern".

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The news comes as footfall figures show strEAT this week experienced one of its busiest weeks to date.

Maria Kamper, centre manager for Prospect Shopping Centre, said: "StrEAT food court, which is operated by CPL Food Group, continues to trade and it is business as usual.

"For the first week of the Easter holidays, the food-court has experienced one of its busiest weeks as people continue to visit for brands such as Burger King and El Taco Loco."

StrEAT opened in November 2013, creating 50 new jobs.It was at the time a big coup for the centre, whose atrium had been vacant since 2007.

Read more: Ten Hull restaurants we loved in the 90s The investment formed part of CPL's nationwide roll-out of strEAT food courts, which have since breathed new life into shopping centres across the country.

A year after its launch, Prospect's strEAT food court won the Best Use of a Retail Space at the OPAL 2014 awards.

In a notice sent to staff, administrators AlixPartners Services say they are working to sell the business as a going concern.

The Mail understands staff are continuing to receive pay, and administrators say they hope employees "shall see very little change in terms of their day to day roles and responsibilities".

Kathryn Shillito, city centre manager at Hull BID which represents businesses in central Hull, said: "We are surprised by this announcement but are confident another operator will be found without too much delay.

"The Prospect Centre continues to be a popular shopping destination that contributes a varied mix of retail complementing the rest of the city centre offer. Pleasingly the number of empty units within the centre is minimal and I'm sure this will be taken into consideration by interested parties."

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