It is across the bridge where you will find Primark, Legoland and Sea Life, but Barton Square is no longer part of The Trafford Center.
In fact, it’s not even Barton Square anymore, as the new owners have decided to rename the TraffordCity venue Trafford Palazzo.
We reported earlier this year how the 350,000 m2 retail and leisure complex had been purchased by the original developer of The Trafford Center, the regeneration company Peel L&L.
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It was previously owned by Intu Properties until the company collapsed in administration last year.
The Canadian real estate investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) became the new owner of The Trafford Center, with Manchester-based CBRE Group and the international firm Savills appointed to “manage the center and day-to-day operations”.
To celebrate the rebranding of Barton Square, a ‘weekend extravaganza’ is planned this Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21, with live music, dance shows and more.
The venue’s famous statues will come to life and walk on the floor from 6 p.m. 12:00 on Saturday, before the launch of the main ‘Trafford Palazzo Show’ at. 14.00 (repeated at 16.00), which will include ‘powerhouse vocals from opera to pop, energetic dance performances, an astonishing orchestra of strings, fascinating acrobats and a breathtaking air show’. There will also be live music throughout the day.
The launch festivities continue on Sunday, when the mall hosts a series of live music events beginning with the Electric Dream Show at. This will be followed by a live music set and a percussion performance from the Trafford Palazzo Show starting at. 15.00
Over the weekend, face painting will be available to all guests, perfect for families with young children, and there will be a range of live DJ sets during the launch event.
The celebration comes ahead of its Unreal Xmas event, which opens on December 3, and will feature a Christmas village, markets and ‘a breathtaking skating experience through a captivating forest and snow-covered world’.
Mark Whittaker, CEO of Peel L&P, owners of Trafford Palazzo, said: “We are really excited about the launch of Trafford Palazzo and the spectacular event that will take place on 20 and 21 November.
“It’s important to celebrate what has been an incredible transformation as we introduce the Trafford Palazzo brand. We look forward to welcoming families from across the region to enjoy the festivities and experience the new brand.”
Carolanne Molloy, store manager for Primark at Trafford Palazzo, said: “It’s great to see the new Trafford Palazzo brand officially launched and we’re excited about this weekend’s festivities. Primark has seen an amazing response from customers since we opened our store here last year, and we look forward to continuing to offer the latest seasonal trends and everyday items, all at affordable prices. “
In addition to being home to the 84,000-square-foot flagship Primark store, Trafford Palazzo, which attracts five million visitors a year, is also home to homestyle retailers Homesense, Natuzzi, Silent Night and Next Home, plus leisure attractions Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Manchester.
An Italian quality restaurant and shoe store with a cheap brand are currently being decorated and will open soon, and a new Nerf Action Xperience laser campsite and Archies have been confirmed for next year.
Saturday, November 20th
- 13.00-13.30 – Walk with living statues – photo opportunities
- 14.00-14.15 – Trafford Palazzo Main Show (Live vocals, dancers, bands and acrobats)
- 14.15-16.00 – Live music
- 16.00-16.15 – Trafford Palazzo Main Show No. 2 (Live vocals, dancers, bands and acrobats)
- 17.00-18.00 – Walk with living statues – photo opportunities with actors
- 12.00-17.00 – Face painting
Sunday, November 21st
- 13.00-13.40 – Electric Dream show
- 14.15-14.55 – Electric Dream Show (set 2)
- 15.00-18.00 – TwoTone DJ + Percussion show
- 13.00-18.00 – Face painting