A number of eating-out operators have already made offers on units at Eat Central, the new shared dining experience set to open at Westfield’s Friary Centre in Guildford this November. Eat Central incorporates seven new units ranging from 500 to 700sq ft, with 500 shared seats. It is thought that five of the units are already under are under offer to an range of international cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Middle Eastern, with discussions taking place regarding the remaining two sites. Westfield’s Friary Centre, which already benefits from an annual footfall of nine million, is currently undergoing a multi-million refurbishment, including the creation of five new large stores to be occupied by retailers such as Topshop, Hollister and River Island. Kate Taylor of Davis Coffer Lyons, which is sourcing the operators for Eat Central on behalf of Westfield, said: “Eat Central is the modern food court format pioneered by Westfield; a vibrant, contemporary space with shared seating that is home to a mix of international and local cuisines, offering quick-service food in a restaurant-quality environment. Due to the affluent catchment, the intention is to create a mix of operations which are “fast casual” in tone, as opposed to fast food, providing an offer not just for the centre’s shoppers but also creating a key lunchtime destination for the town’s thriving office population.”

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