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Regional focus on... Manchester

By Liam Coleman

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Salford Quays is part of the feel-good factor surrounding Manchester
Salford Quays is part of the feel-good factor surrounding Manchester

Related tags City centre Manchester Greater manchester Manchester city centre

Our regional focus on the pub property market in Manchester takes a look at the best licensed premises available both in the city centre and wider Greater Manchester.

Population (and density):​ 2,732,854 (2,105 people per sq/km)

5 biggest places:​ Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, Stockport and Salford

Major attractions:​ John Rylands Library, Etihad Stadium, Manchester Central Library, National Football Museum, Heaton Park, Arndale Centre, Old Trafford, Bury Market, Robinsons Brewery

What the expert says:​ "There's a feel-good factor about the city at the moment, with a lot of investment coming into it. Areas like Spinningfields are phenomenally successful, largely off the back of Living Ventures taking a number of sites on there.

"The demand for freeholds within Manchester city centre is always exceptionally high because they rarely come to the market. We have just sold John Dalton Bar on John Dalton Street and that was empty and closed, but we still got £1m for that.

"Manchester City and Manchester United are exceptionally good brands for the city; we even had a Swedish operator, who enquired about buying a bar when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was signed by United.

"There's also a big draw for the affluent south Manchester suburbs of Chorlton, Didsbury and Heaton Mersey. Rents historically have not been as high for leasehold properties there, so successful city centre operators are branching out to those locations."

- Keith Stringer, associate director for Christie & Co in Manchester

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