The official opening of the new ‘Redrock’ restaurant and leisure complex has launched a new era for Stockport Town centre. The Thursday 23rd November opening event took place in the atrium of the new Light cinema complex, and saw invitees welcomed on red carpets, featuring a string quintet, fire dancing and incessant paparazzi from Cale Green Primary School – all in aid of local Charities.
The opening to the public – on Friday 24th, marks a significant milestone in Stockport’s regeneration plans. Redrock is now welcoming visitors to a brand new leisure destination which features the ten screen Light Cinema, Zizzi, PizzaExpress and soon-to-open Loungers, The Gym Group and GBK. The complex also includes a further 360 multi-storey parking spaces, with free parking after 6pm to help offer access to visitors to the town centre.
Guests at the event, which included staff from the new complex, residents, businesspeople, retailers and local community heroes were treated to food, refreshments, and entertainment including a showing of the film ‘Wonder’ in the new auditoriums. The resources and time for this were kindly donated in support of local charities Stockport Young Carers and St Ann’s Hospice, which have been adopted by the Light Cinema as their Charities of the Year.
After the event, Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Alex Ganotis, commented:
“This was a highly enjoyable opening event, offering a taster of the quality leisure opportunities which will now be on offer in Stockport. It was great to see such a turnout for what represents a significant milestone in Stockport’s town centre regeneration.
“Redrock adds a high-spec leisure destination to our town, where visitors can have a choice of where to dine, enjoy a film or even visit the gym. Residents will also benefit from the new jobs and services on offer, as well as the much improved streetscape and public spaces around the complex.
“It is my hope that this will bring visitors to Stockport from far and wide, bringing footfall and business to many traders and businesses – contributing to the vibrant town centre we all want to see, and of which residents can be proud.
“I am proud of the role this Council has played in bringing this project to fruition, and have waited a long time for this day. I want to thank all who have worked so hard to get here. It only remains for me to encourage the public to come down and enjoy the new facilities and improvements this has already made in Stockport.”
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, Cllr Kate Butler also commented:
“I want to thank everyone involved in organising this fantastic event and working towards this milestone for Stockport – I particularly enjoyed being ‘papped’ by the budding journalists from Cale Green Primary.
“The opening of Redrock is a keystone in our regeneration plans. However, in many respects, this is just the beginning. We have a range of improvements to access in and around the town centre currently underway, which will help bring yet more visitors in. Our work continues to revitalise the Market and Underbanks areas, and we are working right now on plans to redevelop the bus station and Merseyway so that they complement the quality facilities available next door at Redrock.
“The design, quality and finish and of these new facilities really is impressive, and will really help to place Stockport back on the map as an evening destination.”
For further details of the facilities on offer and opening times of new businesses: http://redrockstockport.co.uk/