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National café chains Loungers and Creams sign up to Sittingbourne regeneration project

By Chloe Holmwood

Two national café chains have entered into mouthwatering deals to be a part of a town’s regeneration scheme.

Spirit of Sittingbourne, the consortium behind the £57 million revamp, has announced Loungers and Creams will be the latest tenants to join the new Bourne Place leisure quarter.

Loungers runs a rapidly-growing chain of Lounge cafés, with each unit independently branded to reflect the local community.

WATCH: Drone footage shows work progressing on the town's leisure quarter. Video: Mark Savage

The name of the Sittingbourne venue will be announced later in the year.

Currently the closest is the Pato Lounge in Orpington High Street.

Founded by three friends back in 2002, they are family-friendly retro-inspired cafés.

Sittingbourne's new Bourne Place leisure quarter from above. Picture: Mark Savage
Sittingbourne's new Bourne Place leisure quarter from above. Picture: Mark Savage

Their menu caters for all tastes throughout the day – from a quick coffee to a business lunch or a lazy all-day brunch.

The company now operates over 100 sites across the UK.

An artist impressions of how Sittingbourne will look once the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration is completed
An artist impressions of how Sittingbourne will look once the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration is completed

At popular ice cream parlour Creams, people will be able to tuck into knickerbocker glories, banana splits, ice creams, American-style waffles and pancakes, as well as coffees.

The dessert chain opened its first store more than 10 years ago and has since expanded to become the market leader in its field, operating more than 80 stores across the UK.

The two tenants will join big-name restaurants Nando’s and Pizza Express, an eight-screen Light Cinema and a 63-bed Travelodge hotel.

Work on this part of the project began at the end of November last year and construction is due to be completed by the end of this year, with units opening in early 2020.

Work on the town's new Travelodge hotel is progressing. Picture: Mark Savage
Work on the town's new Travelodge hotel is progressing. Picture: Mark Savage

A Spirit of Sittingbourne spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce that Loungers and Creams will be opening in the Bourne Place leisure quarter.

“They are joining other major brands, such as Nando’s and Pizza Express, in what will be a hive of activity in Sittingbourne town centre.

“Loungers’ innovative range of cafés, all operating under their own distinct brands to reflect the communities they are based in, will no doubt thrive in Sittingbourne.

“While Creams’ range of luxury desserts will offer a fantastic treat, particularly for film-goers after visiting The Light Cinema.

Creams has signed up. Picture: Steve Crispe
Creams has signed up. Picture: Steve Crispe

“With progress well underway in Bourne Place, we look forward to begin opening our offerings to the public early next year.”

Once complete, the Spirit of Sittingbourne is expected to attract up to 400,000 visitors a year.

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