Posted: 09/06/2015

Fenwicks aims for ‘world class’ food offer in Newcastle store

Fenwicks Bakery Cafe
Improvements to Fenwicks’ Newcastle store will include a new bakery-café

Department store chain Fenwicks is upgrading the food hall in its flagship Newcastle site as part of a multi-million pound project.

The refit, which starts this month and is expected to be finished by mid-October, will see a new speciality chocolatier added to the retail operation, alongside a fish and seafood counter, meat and game specialists, an artisan bakery and boutique coffee roasters.

It will concentrate locally sourced products but a spokesman told FFD the final line-up has yet to be determined by the store’s food buyers.

Foodservice offer is also being overhauled, with Fenwicks planning a series of partnerships and concessions. The food hall will include a new Thai street food, a seafood & oyster bar, a modern Mediterranean restaurant plus a café & patisserie.

It is also remodelling its existing wine shop to include a wine and charcuterie bar.

Rhys McKinnell, head of hood and catering at Fenwicks Newcastle, said the store had consulted widely with consumers before the start of the project, which has been two years in the planning.

“We believe we will deliver what they expected – a world class dining and retail experience,” he said.

Fenwicks has previously collaborated with Yorkshire deli Hunters of Helmsley to run a dedicated Christmas concession in its York store.

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