TGI Friday’s is coming to the Highcross in Leicester
TGI Friday’s has become the latest big food chain to come to Leicester.
Following on the heels of Krispy Kreme, Red Hot World Buffet, Byron Burger and all the rest, TGI’s has announced it will take up the empty lot in Highcross next-door to Next – on the corner of Causeway Lane and Bath House Lane.
Above is an artists impression of how the new restaurant will look.
Previously the unit was owned by a beauty products shop, but has remained empty since 2008.
TGI Friday’s said in their planning application for outdoor signage:
“The area around the unit appears visually ‘dead’ during the daytime and particularly in the early/late evening. The premises have experienced extended periods of vacancy despite repeated marketing attempts.”
They go on to explain that the new restaurant will “increase the vibrancy and footfall in this area, which is currently lacking” and bring “significant investment to Leicester”.
Full permission for the new restaurant has now been granted by Leicester City Council, and it is expected to be open sometime in the summer.
Speaking about the latest addition to the Highcross, the centre manager Jo Tallack said:
“It’s a great brand and we’re very pleased they’re coming to Leicester. They’ve just got planning permission for their external signs, which is really good news.
“Restaurants here are doing incredibly well, particularly after 5pm each day. There’s been a big change in people’s habits and we’re seeing a real growth in the evening economy. It’s partly people staying in town after they’ve been shopping to visit the restaurants and the cinema.
“But we can also see from the car park use that a lot of people are also driving into the city centre at the end of the day.
“The change is also encouraging people to stay in the city centre after work to go the restaurants and the cinema and it’s been a big shift in the past 18 months.
“I think we’ve got a good range of places to eat here now – but I’m always looking for the next thing.”