‘Positive discussions’ over empty restaurant units next to new Doncaster cinema

‘Positive discussions’ are being held to find firms to move into shop units next to Doncaster’s new cinema – but they still remain empty.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:30 pm

The new £8 million Savoy cinema is due to open on Monday, it has been confirmed, but no announcements have yet been made over the buildings in the same block which were expected to be filled by food and drink businesses.

But Dan Swaine, director of economy and environment at Doncaster Council says there are great potential business lined up.

He said: “The pandemic has created significant uncertainty in the business world, but we continue to have positive discussions with businesses interested in the units accompanying the cinema.

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One of the empty units near Doncaster's new cinema and Cast theatre

"With Savoy Cinema all set to open, Cast theatre soon to reopen and Danum Gallery, Library and Museum going to open its doors shortly, our Civic and Cultural Quarter is establishing itself as an attractive leisure and business destination. Further news will be announced in due course, but we have some great potential businesses lined up.”

Doncaster’s newly re-elected mayor Ros Jones positive about the scheme.

She said: “The opening of the new Savoy cinema complex is great news for Doncaster Town Centre. Our high-streets and town centres are changing, we need more leisure, residential and cultural offerings to encourage people back into the town centre, to make it a vibrant place again.”

“As we start to open up as the Covid pandemic eases, Doncaster residents and visitors are set to enjoy some wonderful new experiences. This development is a big vote of confidence in our town and borough with a lot more to look forward to.”

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