Manchester Arndale has reached 95% retail occupancy with a number of signings, including Creams, Pizza Hut and Café Nero.

Creams Café will be opening a new 2,325 sq ft store at the centre after signing a 15-year lease, and now has more than 100 restaurants and outlets across the UK.

The Arndale has agreed new long-term lease renewals with Pizza Hut and Café Nero both signing for new five-year terms.

The shopping centre has also expanded its F&B offering with the arrival of Slim Chickens, Kokoro, Tim Hortons and Pizza Luxe, alongside Urban Playground and Roxy Ballroom.

Othman Shoukat, managing director for Creams Café, said: ““We’re thrilled to be opening in the iconic Manchester Arndale and we’re confident that Creams Cafe will be a very welcomed addition to the shopping mall’s already impressive line-up of food and beverage outlets. With one successful restaurant already operating in Cheetham Hill, we look forward to bringing our delicious desserts to even more of the Manchester community.”

Colin Flinn, spokesperson for Manchester Arndale said: “We are delighted that lettings activity remains strong at Manchester Arndale, and we welcome our new arrivals to the centre as we continue to grow our F&B and leisure offering.

“Experiential retail is becoming increasingly important for centres like Manchester Arndale and having a strong F&B offering helps to encourage shoppers to visit in-store as opposed to shopping online.”

Metis Real Estate and Time Retail Partners are Manchester Arndale’s retained letting agents.