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Two new diners, Hancock's and Kaspa's, moving to St James Retail and Leisure Park

Two new diners are moving into St James, leading to the development becoming 86% full.

The American-inspired kitchen and bar Hancock's and the dessert parlour Kaspa's are expected to open by the spring.

Specific opening dates will later be announced.

The new St James' development has nearly all its units occupied
The new St James' development has nearly all its units occupied

Taking 4,500 sq ft and 2,400 sq ft units respectively, Hancock's American Kitchen & Bar will offer traditional dishes from the US southern states, while visitors to Kaspa’s will enjoy the world’s favourite hot and cold desserts under one roof.

David Chick, director of Hancock's Restaurants, said: “Echoing our community ethos, St James Dover is a natural choice for our family-owned business to open its seventh location. Taking inspiration from the mix of dishes which best reflect America’s eclectic larder, we provide a great destination for residents and visitors alike to enjoy, whether it be for brunch, lunch, dinner or a special occasion.”

Azhar Rehman, founder & CEO of Kaspa’s Desserts, said: “Our aim is to change the way that people view desserts. We strive to create an environment in our parlours where enjoying our exciting and extensive menu with friends and family is an unforgettable experience. We very much look forward to welcoming new customers at St James Dover.”

Two more arrivals for St James next spring
Two more arrivals for St James next spring

The two businesses join the restaurant Nando’s and Costa Coffee, as well as the recently-opened Burger King.

St James Retail and Leisure Park was formally opened on August 11 but the first ever business to open there was the six-screen Cineworld on March 9.

Others following over the next few months included the 108-bed Travelodge and the M&S Foodhall.

The 150,000 sq ft development is owned by owned by Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets and is the result of a project investment of £53.25 million.

A spokesperson for LGIM RA, said: “The addition of two independent f&b operators to St James Dover is an example of the scheme bringing new brands and more variety to the town. This increase in the casual dining choices available, as well as the inclusion of a cinema, health club plus later store openings, will build a stronger evening economy for the town.”

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