The Piece Hall proves a magnet for independent businesses

The Piece Hall

Independent business owners continue to clamour for space at The Piece Hall, with three new businesses setting up shop at Halifax’s landmark destination, taking commercial occupancy to 70 per cent.

Joining the 28 businesses already trading at The Piece Hall are a new family-run Lebanese restaurant; an optician and a vintage furniture shop.

 Nicky Chance Thompson, chief executive at The Piece Hall Trust, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these new businesses to The Piece Hall family.

“All of us here have a shared ambition to create a successful and sustainable future in Halifax and in just nine months, The Piece Hall has become home to a distinctive range of independent businesses, complementing the high street brands and popular market traders already in Halifax.

“In the last week alone, there’s been a fantastic buzz around the place with the Tour de Yorkshire and the listing in England’s ‘Top Ten Industry, Trade & Commerce’ places helping to put the town on an international stage. We’re 100 per cent focused on creating the right mix of retail, hospitality, events and heritage attractions, to make The Piece Hall a destination like no other.”

Al’s Emporium, owned by husband & wife team, Alan & Simone Sargent, specialises in retro, vintage and antique furniture & collectables. The business, which has moved to The Piece Hall from a high street shop in the market town of Todmorden, will showcase an eclectic collection of handmade crafts, collectables, antiques, militaria and art from a 490sq ft space on the uppermost Colonnade level of the building.

Simone Sargent said: “We visited the Piece Hall with our children as part of a family day out and were blown away by the selection of independent artisan shops that it is now home to. We decided that we wanted to be part of the excitement that surrounds the transformation and can’t wait to move in and build our little bit of history in The Piece Hall.” 

Ghada Elkhatib is the woman behind Beit Setti (meaning “The house of my grandmother”), a Lebanese restaurant opening in June that will take over 4,90sq ft on the ground floor making the Arcade Level fully occupied.

Located next to the East Gate of the building, which links directly to the new library, Beit Setti will have an outdoors eating area and will offer a menu of authentic dishes that rely on fresh ingredients and specially imported spices and herbs from the Middle East.  

Bottomley’s Eyeware Boutique is the latest venture from Bottomley’s Opticians, the 70-year-old Halifax business located nearby in the Old Town Hall.

The Boutique will be run by the third generation of the family, Jim Bottomley, and can be found in a 294 sq ft unit on the central Rustic level in The Piece Hall and specialises in offering a more personalised, bespoke ocular experience for glasses wearers, bringing designs from all over the world to the heart of Halifax.

Alongside these additions to the long list of tenants in The Piece Hall, a fully furnished conference suite is now available to hire in The Piece Hall. Located on the Colonnade level the 2,260 sq ft space has floor to ceiling windows with views across to Beacon Hill. Available now the space can comfortable seat 80 people and can hold 120 standing. 


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