HATCH, the award-winning indie food and craft haven off Oxford Road, has announced a new retail line-up for Phase 2 of their expansion, which will see the site under the Mancunian Way treble in size this June.
This Bruntwood-owned project aims to be “a multipurpose, independent creative village of food, drink, retail, entertainment, roof terraces, creative workspace, social and event spaces.”
ToM has closely followed its development based on a carefully selected, changing roster of independent traders and been impressed. Now on a larger scale with more obvious retail inside reclaimed shipping containers they have to keep the balance right.
What has fused the project has been the vibrant events line-up, complementing the street food and drinks offering, which we checked out recently.
The augmented trader line-up, just announced is all retail units with just two of the 15 food-oriented – well drinks actually. Expect half a dozen extra street food traders to join the party before relaunch.
Beer Box They brew as Black Storm and sell it at their takeaway beer concept, Beer Box, in Newcastle, though the beers are sold nationwide. This will be the first Beer Box shop outside Newcastle and they’ll also be selling dozens more craft brews in cans and bottles, from around the world. Above, Black Storm on tour.
Selling an eclectic mix of wines, vin-yard wine bar + shop offers affordable alternatives to the usual mass produced vino. Within an ever changing range there will be many vegan, organic, natural and biodynamic wines to drink in or take away.
The other retailers, brands you won’t find elsehere, will be selling you vintage clothing, streetwear, small scale crafts, handmade jewellery, handmade ceramics, florists, barbers , a DJ school and the one we find cute, Sneaker Pharm, the city’s first premium shoe cleaning boutique.