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Busaba opens first site in Wales 

The company has agreed to a 15-year lease across the ground and terrace floors of the property, which will be home to Busaba’s first restaurant in Wales

Thai chain Busaba has announced that it has debuted in Wales, after Orchard Street Investment Management, a specialist commercial property investment manager, signed a 4,000 sq ft letting at the Brewery Quarter, Cardiff. 

The company has agreed to a 15-year lease across the ground and terrace floors of the property, which will be home to Busaba’s first restaurant in Wales.

Spread across more than 65,000 sq ft, the Brewery Quarter has reportedly been designed to maximise both inside and outside space, a feature which has retained its popularity following the rise in outside dining during the pandemic. 

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Busaba will further enhance the “dynamic and diverse” occupier line up at the scheme, amid current tenants that include Starbucks, Nando’s and Five Guys, alongside five other food and beverage tenants and two leisure offerings. 

Located in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre, the Brewery Quarter sits in close proximity to the Principality Stadium, and benefits from the one million visitors the stadium receives each year. 

The site is easily accessible via public and private transport and sits within walking distance of over 3,000 parking spaces as well as the city’s two main train stations, Central Station and Queen Street Station.

Ed Bales, retail asset manager at Orchard Street, said: “The selection of the Brewery Quarter as the location for Busaba’s first Welsh store is testament to the asset’s strong leisure proposition and prime location in Cardiff’s thriving city centre, while the restaurant’s unique dining concept will further enhance its impressive offering. 

“With restrictions now lifting, consumers are once again returning to city centres in search of the best dining and leisure offerings, underlining the enduring human desire to interact and share experiences together.”  

Terry Harrison, managing director at Busaba, added: “We specifically chose Cardiff for our first new opening since the pandemic began, as we see it as not only a fantastic, lively and fast growing city, but also a place brimming with discerning diners, who we can’t wait to introduce the Busaba brand to. 

“The prime location and excellent use of inside and outside space at the Brewery Quarter provides a vibrant setting that perfectly matches our creative dining ethos, and we look forward to opening our doors to the public on the 21st of October this year.”

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