Mersey leisure group to run new £12.6m venue

Liverpool city region hotel and bar business Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group wins contract to run new £12.6 leisure venue. Tony McDonough reports

Queen's Market
Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group will run Queen’s Market in Rhyl


Merseyside-based Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group has secured a contract to operate the newly developed Queen’s Market in Rhyl.

Costing £12.6m the venue is scheduled for completion in summer 2023. It will serve as an indoor market hall, housing a variety of food and drink vendors, as well as providing a flexible space for events and commercial activities.

This development includes 16 individual food and retail units, a double-sided bar, a spacious events area, and an external space suitable for markets, events, and seating.

Mikhail currently operates 12 venues across Liverpool city region, including Cains Brewery in Liverpool. In May LBN reported it was to open a new bar in Southport, its sixth venue in the town.

Following what it described as a “rigorous and competitive” tender process, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet selected Mikhail Hotel as the operator for the Rhyl venture.

Andrew Mikhail, chairman of Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group, said: “During my meeting with the local council prior to submitting our bid, I could sense their immense passion for this undertaking.

“It resonated with me, as all our venues operate with the same fervour and dedication. It is precisely this spirit that we intend to infuse into Rhy.

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“Having treasured numerous childhood memories in Rhyl, from joyful moments at the Sun Centre to unintentional beachside adventures while fishing with my grandad, I am thrilled to witness the community being bestowed with such an exceptional establishment.”

Work on the site started in August 2022 with Wynne Construction, based in Bodelwyddan, appointed by the council for the design and construction. The building is set to be handed over to Denbighshire County Council on July 17.

Cllr Jason McLellan, leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for Economic Growth and Tackling Deprivation, emphasised the council’s commitment to the long-term development of Rhyl, with the new market being a significant part of their overall vision. The project will create multiple job opportunities.

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