In the fast lane

1 Feb 2023 10:05
Published by: Scott Callan

Leisure venue: Lane7 will anchor Foundation development (photo credit Stamford Quarter)

Bowling boost for Stamford Quarter


A NEW bowling and entertainment venue is set to open its doors in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter in a major boost to plans to create a thriving town centre neighbourhood.
National brand Lane7 has been confirmed as the first operator to make its home in the new ‘Foundation’ building taking shape on the site of the old Rackham’s department store.
Foundation is a joint venture between Bruntwood and Trafford Council, who say Lane7 will provide an anchor for both the development and the Stamford Quarter.
They add that the move will create a “fresh new leisure offering”, delivering a boost for the area which is set to become an all day and night destination in the town centre.
In a statement the partners said: “Lane7 will join a burgeoning community of independent shops and brands in the Stamford Quarter, where Bruntwood and Trafford Council have been busy supporting many local businesses onto the high street as part of their vision to reimagine the town centre.
“This includes locally grown boutiques like Skanda Clothing; vinyl, coffee and beer specialists Stutter and Twitch and Altrincham-based jewellery studio Muse.
“Foundation marks a transformative new chapter for the Stamford Quarter bringing an exciting blend of retail, leisure and workspace to the heart of the high street and creating a welcoming gateway to Altrincham’s thriving town centre.
“Retail, hospitality and leisure brands will sit at the ground level providing a hub of shopping, dining, drinking and leisure.
“The hospitality businesses will spill out onto Stamford Square creating a thriving new neighbourhood for Altrincham and completely transforming this side of the town centre.”
Foundation will also be home to state-of-the-art workspace for businesses of all sizes on the upper floor bringing a whole new community to the Stamford Quarter.
James Tootle, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood, said: “We’re thrilled to announce Lane7 as our first occupier at Foundation. Our ambition is to create a vibrant destination that transforms this side of Altrincham and Lane7 is the perfect brand to cement this vision.
“Fiercely independent and brilliant at what they do, Lane7 will provide a superb leisure anchor for Foundation and the Stamford Quarter as a whole.
“Lane7 will sit alongside a whole collective of hospitality and retail brands at Foundation, creating an exciting new hub at the heart of the Stamford Quarter.”
Graeme Smith, Lane7’s chief operating officer, said: “The opportunity with this venue was exceptional and gives us an amazing blank canvas to be really creative.
“We opened Lane7 Manchester and the response from our guests in the city has been phenomenal since opening more than two years ago, Altrincham seemed like the perfect fit.”


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