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Manchester Arndale Boosts Leisure Offering

Joint owners, M&G Real Estate and intu, have announced two key signings for the city-centre destination.

Owners of Manchester Arndale have announced they’ll be expanding the centre’s leisure offering this summer, with the opening of Electric Playbox and Roxy Lanes.

Signing a 10-year lease, Electric Playbox will take a 3,047 sq ft unit at Halle Place, with Roxy Lanes signing a 20-year lease for a huge 14,000 sq ft space on Withy Grove.

Electric Playbox is an interactive, digital adventure with each ‘playbox’ offering a different concept. Visuals and graphics are projected onto all four walls in each booth and players’ movements are tracked using motion sensors and touch screens.

Each challenge has a different them designed for groups of mixed ages, allowing children from the age of eight to understand the game and join in the fun.

Co-founded by Tough Mudder creator, Will Dean, Electric Playbox’s Manchester site is the first outside of London and the second in the UK. Along with his business partner, David Spindler, the pair built Electric Playbox with the vision of creating a concept which brings people together using technology in a social way.

Electric Playbox will open alongside operators including popular burger and milkshake restaurant Archie’s, Italian street food vendor Wolf and Mexican food chain, Barburrito.

The Manchester Arndale Roxy Lanes will be the 10th UK site and second venue in the city, alongside the popular Deansgate establishment. Roxy offers friendly competitive games, including bowling, gaming and indoor golf, which visitors can enjoy alongside great food and drink. It will open on the site of the former Birdcage nightclub.

Both venues are hoping to open in the coming months and are expected to follow the Government guidelines issued for leisure venues. Manchester Arndale continues to diversify its occupancy, bringing in more leisure options to sit alongside its vast mix of major retail brands, which includes Next, Foot Locker and Samsung.

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