Travelodge is to open its 12th Manchester property and fifth in the city’s centre, with the confirmation of a hotel within a landmark building opposite Piccadilly Gardens.
The building was infamous as the site of the fatal Woolworths fire in 1979, and has more recently served as an amusement arcade.
It will now be refurbished before reopening as a 157-room Travelodge hotel with a 102-seat bar café, alongside a Morrisons convenience store, and two restaurants operated by Nandos and Zizzis.
It’s the latest in a series of joint developments by Travelodge and retailers. Last year the budget hotel chain announced a property on Edinburgh’s Princes Street in conjunction with Topshop (see online news May 28, 2012), as well as three hotels in Aylesbury, Sidcup and Vauxhall in partnership with Waitrose (see online news November 29, 2011).
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Report by Mark Caswell