The UK’s biggest trampoline park operator, Flip Out, is jumping into the former BHS site at Frenchgate Shopping Centre Doncaster.
Frenchgate will be the first shopping centre in the north to welcome this type of operator and is also pioneering the first change of use of this kind for a former BHS unit in the UK and Ireland.
Due to open in spring 2018, the 28,000 sq ft unit will be split over a 3,600 sq ft ground floor and a 24,700 sq ft basement that will include trampolining arena, a café, a kids’ trampolining area, plus Flip Out’s challenging ninja obstacle course.
Paddy Mellon, Frenchgate General Manager, said: “What a fantastic way to start the year – with Flip Out choosing Frenchgate as its first site in the region, creating a unique and exciting new leisure option for our customers.
“Completing this deal on the former BHS unit demonstrates our innovative and creative approach to leasing space and further strengthens our position as a leading local shopping destination.”
Jon Inwards, UK Master Franchise holder at Flip Out, added: “The unique space at Frenchgate is perfect for us and allows us to launch the complete range of Flip Out classes and activities that will add something new to the leisure offer in the area.
“Alongside the great range of retailers and restaurants at Frenchgate, we can fit in as part of an exciting day out for the family and we look forward to opening soon.”
In addition, existing Frenchgate brand Costa Coffee has re-geared the firm’s lease and will be upsizing at the shopping centre by almost a third, expanding into an adjacent unit to create a 2,500 sq ft café.
The arrival of Flip Out and the upsize for Costa Coffee follow New Look Men and TK Maxx, who both opened new stores in 2017. In addition, River Island and Argento recently upsized and refitted their stores at Frenchgate for 2018.