A brand new independent corner shop will soon be opening doors at KAMPUS – the city’s newest £250 million “garden neighbourhood”.
Store Retail Group – the company behind the General Stores and Foodhall concepts, with an already large and loyal fan base of its innovative take on the neighbourhood shop at stores in Ancoats, Salford, Stretford, Sale and MediaCityUK – has chosen KAMPUS, which is currently being developed by CAPITAL&CENTRIC and HBD, as the location for its newest venture.
KAMPUS is rapidly becoming a hub for some of Manchester’s coolest indie operators, and now the new General Store site is due to join in the autumn.
The announcement of General Stores’ arrival at KAMPUS comes after it was first announced that Northern Quarter stalwarts Common & Co will be opening a local pub and pizzeria in the summer at the new neighbourhood, as well as florist x bakery collaboration Bread Flower operating a pop-up at the bungalow every weekend.
Blossom Coffee Roasters and Manchester Smokehouse are among the other independents to have joined, with more due to be announced soon.
With a “village market feel”, the KAMPUS General Store will have independent, artisan food and drink sitting alongside daily essentials and well-known brands. A regular series of local collaborators will showcase new and exciting produce with a focus on local specialists – from butchers and greengrocers, to gin makers and wine merchants – and visiting local producers will have the opportunity to use the store’s mezzanine space for tastings and workshops as part of their residency, creating an outstanding local shopping experience.
As well as bringing the best local ingredients to the table, KAMPUS General Store will also stock the most sought-after independent food brands, including Middle Eastern specialists The Ottö-Men, sustainable meat from MeatCo Manchester, and the award-winning Great North Pie Co.
KAMPUS General Store will also bring a zero-waste, household essential refill hub to the neighbourhood, which means customers can ditch the single use plastic and fill up their own containers with cereals, washing up liquid, lentils, sugar and pasta.
It’s being billed as a genius way to save both waste and money.
Speaking on the announcement of General Stores’ arrival at KAMPUS, Adam Higgins from CAPITAL&CENTRIC said: “Kampus is fast becoming a neighbourhood in its own right and true to our word we’re sticking with independents.
“We turned down plenty of chain supermarkets as that bland identikit approach isn’t right for Kampus and definitely not what our residents want. They’re after something more unique and interesting so, like the wider Kampus community, there’ll be plenty of collabs and pop ups, giving local traders a chance to showcase their produce and residents a chance to try something new”.
“Kampus is something pretty different in the city.” said Store Retail Group’s, Mital Morar.
“It’s a neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and a very independent feel, which is exactly what we’re about. Kampus General Store will be right at the heart of the neighbourhood, where the convenience of a corner shop meets local artisan food and drink.
“We love putting down roots in new neighbourhoods and being part of the journey as they grow, which is exactly what we’re looking forward to doing at Kampus”.
The buzz surrounding KAMPUS has increased in recent weeks, with the first images of the waterside development being released back in March, and one and two bedroom apartments now available to view in North Block, which is the first of five individual buildings to complete alongside its sister South Block – two beautiful Victorian shipping warehouses and a 1960s brutalist tower.
Viewings can be booked via the KAMPUS website.
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