19 June 2020

A Yorkshire ice cream parlour business is set to open a new outlet at the Merchant Gate development in Wakefield.

Rassam's Creamery has agreed a deal to take the 5,468 sq ft Unit 7 on a 20-year lease.

The parlour is due to be fitted out shortly and is scheduled to open before the end of the year, depending on the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Rassam Alyafai, owner of Rassam's Creamery, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of my new restaurant at Merchant Gate. Since launching in Sheffield in 2012, Rassam's has become famous in Yorkshire.

"This unit at Merchant Gate is massive and I believe it will be the largest dessert restaurant in the UK, along our restaurant at Sheffield.

"I decided to open in Wakefield because there isn't anywhere special for families to go out with their loved ones to enjoy a sweet evening and a great atmosphere."

Merchant Gate has been brought forward by The English Cities Fund, a strategic joint venture between urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, working collaboratively with Wakefield Council and Network Rail.

James Scott, development director at The English Cities Fund, added: "Bringing Rassam's to Merchant Gate highlights its commitment to our development, as well as being a ringing endorsement of what we've achieved here. Rassam's is an innovative product that drives both economic and social prosperity, which is so important in these unprecedented times.

"This unit was formally occupied by Anytime Fitness and a recent change of use planning application has been secured for restaurant/leisure use, which has enabled Rassam's to move in."

The marketing agents for Merchant Gate are the Leeds offices of Knight Frank, JLL and Pudney Shuttleworth