The Merrion Centre has looked to further strengthen its place as one of Leeds’ top food and drink destinations after the world’s largest international tea-house, Chatime, selected it as the location for its brand-new venue.
The new shop on Woodhouse Lane is to be the first in Leeds and will be opening its doors to customers in February 2019. It is the company’s 24th UK venue and will be joining more than 2,500 stores across 38 countries creating six jobs locally.
Run by business developer, Vincent Deng, Chatime will offer a variety of specialist drinks including those typically served with a variety of edible ‘pearls’. With an extensive take out menu including fruit tea, oriental pop tea, milk tea, fresh tea, ‘QQ jelly’, mousse, smoothies and refreshing coolers (encompassing over 50 flavours), the café will also have seating space for 15-18 ‘tea loving’ customers.
The Merrion Centre welcomed in excess of 11.2m internal visitors in 2018 with customers showing their continued loyalty to the centre’s ever-growing mix of brands and specialist operators.
Chatime is yet another global brand to open at Leeds’ longest serving shopping centre, once again expanding on the Arena Quarter’s choice of unique food and drink outlets including Arnolds Restaurant and Bar, the award-winning My Thai and flagship Bengal Brasserie.
Commenting on the franchise’s new location, Mr Deng said: “As Chatime continues to expand, we’re extremely excited to be bringing our concept the Merrion Centre and Leeds. Being located in the heart of the city and so close to the extensive international student population gives us access to a diverse mix of customer including those from overseas that have already grown to love the fantastic Chatime brand. Chatime is the most loved and respected Tea House in the world and we are committed to serving a consistently high quality and extensive variety of teas whilst also providing outstanding customer service. We look forward to opening in February and becoming part of this ever-evolving area within Leeds city centre.”
Helen Green, Associate Director for Town Centre Securities (TCS), owners of the Merrion Centre, said: “We’re very excited to welcome Chatime to Leeds successful Arena Quarter, contributing further to the Merrion Centre’s existing eclectic mix of local, specialist, niche and international offerings. There are currently many new developments within the immediate vicinity of the Merrion Centre, and we have no doubt that this new addition will enjoy every success on the back of this as we welcome even more customers in 2019.”
Chatime is expected to open early Feb 2019.