‘Pioneering’ move as Frenchgate welcomes major leisure operator, creating 50 jobs
Frenchgate Shopping Centre Doncaster has become the first shopping centre in the north to welcome the UK’s biggest trampoline park operator Flip Flip Out, bringing 50 jobs to the city business region.
Flip Out has redeveloped the 28,000 sq ft former BHS site which has seen Frenchgate pioneering the first change of use of this kind for a former BHS unit in the UK and Ireland.
Paddy Mellon, Frenchgate General Manager, said: “Completing this deal demonstrates our innovative and creative approach to leasing space, especially given more than 100 BHS units remain empty across the country."
“We are using space in a new way to transform not just Frenchgate but Doncaster’s town centre in an ambitious and pioneering change for the high street.
“Offering different experiences to compliment the retail offering really is the innovation the high street needs and further strengthens our position as a leading local shopping destination.
The new Flip Out venue, which was officially opened on July 2nd by Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, is staffed by up to 25 employees at a time. More than 180 people applied for the manager job, and there were over 500 applicants for the other roles.
The arena is much more than just a trampoline park, boasting the North of England’s first NinjaTAG attraction – an indoor assault course which tracks the progress of players using wearable technology.
The park also includes bouldering and traverse climbing walls, two 20ft cyber towers for vertical races between friends, a bed of 50 inter-connected trampolines, plus a 160-seat café situated next to soft play area.
Keith Wortley, owner of Flip Out Doncaster, said: “Location is key in establishing a successful franchise and Frenchgate’s town centre location, combined with access to parking and public transport, makes it family-friendly and ideal for Flip Out.”
Sessions at Flip Out Doncaster start from £10 for one hour.
For bookings visit: www.flipout.co.uk or check out Flip Out Doncaster’s social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @flipoutdonny