New jobs to cater for hungry visitors at Parc Trostre

7 May 2019
  • Burger King Parc Trostre with Cooke & Arkwright
  • Burger King Parc Trostre with Cooke & Arkwright
  • Burger King Parc Trostre with Cooke & Arkwright

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A new drive-thru Burger King restaurant has been opened at Parc Trostre in Llanelli. The new-build restaurant was constructed for the franchisee, Swansea-based Unionburger Ltd, on a 0.3 acre site adjacent to one of the entrances to the park from Heol Trostre. This is Unionburger’s seventh drive-thru in Wales, creating around 40 new jobs, following the latest new Burger King drive-thru which opened on Newport Leisure Park in July 2018.

Huw Thomas, Director of Retail & Leisure at Cooke & Arkwright, who acquired the site from M&G Real Estate on behalf of Unionburger said, “This is Unionburger’s eleventh restaurant in Wales and we are delighted to have secured this prominent site in Parc Trostre on their behalf. The strategic location for the drive-thru has been carefully selected so that Burger King is well positioned to cater for visitors as they enter and leave the retail park.

“Unionburger continues to grow its business in the region through the Burger King franchise.  Another drive-thru is currently being built in Barry for Unionburger and we are actively looking for other new sites in South Wales and the Borders areas.”

Unionburger was established in Swansea in 1983 and Director Chris Baker said, “We are delighted with the location for our new purpose-built restaurant. The Burger King drive-thru in Newport Leisure Park has proved a great success and a boost to our portfolio in South Wales. We continue to review further locations for their suitability and with the aim being to secure further new sites as time evolves.”

Stephen Gwilliam, Director of Asset Management at M&G Real Estate said, “Unionburger’s new Burger King drive-thru is a welcome addition to our tenant line-up at Parc Trostre. It will further enhance the offering to the 90,000-plus visitors which the park welcomes each week.”

Top retail anchors at the 450,000 sq ft park include M&S, Primark, Next, New Look, River Island, H&M, Asda Living, TK Max, B&Q, Tesco Extra and Debenhams. As well as Parc Trostre, M&G Real Estate’s portfolio of shopping centres includes investments in Bluewater, Cribbs Causeway and Manchester Arndale.  M&G Real Estate were represented by Stockford Andersen and McMullen Wilson.

First photo, l to r: Huw Thomas, Director, Cooke & Arkwright; Chris Baker, Director, Unionburger; Dennis Cattell, Parc Trostre Centre Manager

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group