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Food, drink and shopping hub Hatch is set to treble in size this summer – here’s what’s coming


Manchester city centre’s most off-the-wall food, drink and retail destination is set to more than treble in size next month. 

Hatch, hunkered under the Mancunian Way between the city centre and the university campuses, has revealed an exciting new retail line up for Phase 2 of its expansion.

Bruntwood’s award-winning concept promises to become a multipurpose, independent “creative village” featuring quirky food and drink venues, independent shopping outlets, entertainment, roof terraces, creative workspace and social and event spaces.

The extension of the retail side of the concept will create a new “experiential” shopping destination on Oxford Road with an offering that’s completely unique in Manchester and featuring a line-up of brands you won’t find anywhere else in the country, either. 

This new retail village will be a central part of Hatch and a place where shoppers can discover new products, experience great services (from hair cuts to luxury shoe cleaning), take part in workshops, learn new skills and then kick back over a great lunch, dinner, cocktail, craft beer, coffee.

It’s all going to be on offer at Hatch’s new festival-style site under the cover of the Mancunian Way, creating a new, urban leisure neighbourhood, all created using reclaimed shipping containers.  

The retail line-up launches this June and includes:

Suzy Loves Milo, hosting reworked and upcycled vintage clothing from around the globe in their own micro boutique in a shipping container. 

ShopSmall, a new venture all about celebrating amazing local and independent artists, makers and creators. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift whilst supporting Manchester’s creatives. There’s already a wide range of traders lined up, showcasing their products, including enamel pins, gemstone jewellery, art prints, cards, flower pots, dog accessories and much more. 

Sneaker Pharm promises to be the city’s first premium shoe cleaning boutique, offering a highly bespoke and comprehensive service to treat your most beloved sneakers to some TLC. Various packages feature hand washing, stain removal, suede resets, reshaping, paint retouching and lace cleaning. Rendering shoes, literally, good as new.

Rigged Out styles its approach to clothes and accessories as “a brand formed by the streetwear community for the streetwear community” by people who are tired of seeing the same brands in the same places. Specialising in independent alternative brands from around the world it is an independent store for the alternative fashionista.  

PoppyK sell handmade jewellery – much of it from scratch, some sourced from round the world – and gifts aimed at being interesting, unique and cute.

Clay Studio, winners of Hatch’s 2018 retail competition, sell handmade ceramics from their first independent shop. Founded in 2016, the studio in Hulme provides a dedicated workshop for new graduates, hobby ceramicists and experienced makers, run as a collective of artists, makers and businesses of all abilities who pay a membership fee to share the facilities which include kilns, potters wheels, work surfaces and lathes. The Hatch unit will be their first proper ‘front door’ and an opportunity for the collective to sell the pieces created in the studio direct to the public.

Abacus, an established jewellery shop and Afflecks favourite, will be returning to Hatch after a successful six week pop-up last Christmas with an array of their hugely popular sterling silver jewellery and body jewellery. 

Mindful Store will give shoppers the opportunity to discover amazing, innovative and sustainable products. A real focus is put on telling the story behind the product, rather than simply selling it. Every product comes with a code that tells customers more about the background story: where and how it was produced, who the founders of the company are and how the product benefits our planet.

Bulb Flower Studio is a brand-new concept in contemporary experiential floristry that combines art, music, football, fashion and culture into the simple act of buying flowers. It’s a florist for the 21st century run by young people, for young people.

The Portland Barbers, the trendy city centre male grooming experts, are going to be Hatch’s new resident coiffeurs. Currently of Charlotte Street in Chinatown, they are heading to Hatch where they are setting up their main city centre HQ.

DJ Gym is coming to Manchester with their first northern branch at Hatch, offering one-to-one DJ and production courses. Accredited by the London Sound Academy, DJ Gym offers the chance to learn from pros every day with a whole range of courses including Beginner DJ and Beginner Music production. Graduates enjoy plenty of perks with a monthly slot at Ministry of Sound and also an annual tour in Ibiza.

Beer Box brew excellent craft beer as Black Storm Brewery and sell it at their take away beer concept Beer Box – currently only found in Newcastle. Although their beers are stocked around the country, this will be the first Beer Box shop outside of Tyneside. They’ll be selling their own beers as well as dozens more craft brews in cans and bottles, from around the world. 

vin-yard wine bar and shop sell an eclectic mix of affordable alternatives to the usual mass produced wines. Within an ever-changing range there will be vegan, organic, natural and biodynamic wines to drink in or take away.

Nordic Muse, Hatch’s longest-serving retailer, will continue selling their popular own-label jewellery and branded Nordic lifestyle products.


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