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First shipping containers arrive at Wapping Wharf as CARGO moves a step closer

Flurry of new retailer announcements made ahead of opening of Bristol’s first retail yard made of converted shipping containers

BRISTOL, 10 August 2016 -The first shipping containers destined to be transformed into CARGO – a new retail concept for Bristol – will land at Wapping Wharf today. 

CARGO, which is being marketed by JLL, is the city’s first retail yard made of converted shipping containers, will be part of Wapping Wharf, Bristol’s new harbourside quarter, which is quickly making a name for itself as the city’s new foodie hub.

CARGO will be home to a host of independent retailers including: 

- Woky Ko - Woky Ko – A 40-seater Asian restaurant and takeaway headed up by MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen of Cen at Celtic Manor, opening this September.

- Chicken Shed – a finger-lickin’ dine-in, dine-out chicken shop, opening in September, created by the team behind food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, co-founded by Michelin-starred Bristol chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap, Amelia Twine, Nick Roberts and organic farmer Luke Hasell.

- BOX-E – Modern British seasonal cooking by award-winning chef Elliott Lidstone featuring a four-seat kitchen table for those who want to experience the buzz of the kitchen in full.

Retailers already open along Gaol Ferry Steps – the new pedestrian route through Wapping Wharf, connecting the city centre to south Bristol – include Mokoko, Better Food and Wild Beer Co, with Pizzarova trading from its pop-up crate. Little Victories and Bertha’s Pizza will also be opening soon.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO, said: “It is hugely exciting to be involved in bringing a new retail concept to Bristol with the arrival of CARGO. This is a first for the city and will bring something unique to its vibrant independent retail scene. We are thrilled that Wapping Wharf has attracted such an eclectic mix of food and drink venues, ranging from pop-ups to cuisine from some of Britain’s top chefs.”  

WWill Duckworthill Duckworth, senior retail surveyor at JLL in Bristol, said: “The vision for CARGO has always been to provide a stepping stone for fledgling businesses including pop-ups and street traders and give them a chance to scale up. As it is so rare for independent retailers to be given the opportunity to come into a city centre regeneration project like this, we have also had interest from more established independents, but we are keen to get the right balance and there are still opportunities for smaller street traders to get involved in CARGO 2.” CARGO 1, which includes 18 converted shipping containers, and CARGO 2, a similar hub adjacent to the first and including 28 containers, have received planning consent. Many of the units, which are set across two levels, have glass frontages, views out onto the waterfront and outside terraces. It is anticipated that the first retailers in CARGO 1 will open in September and in CARGO 2 later this autumn.

When complete, the Wapping Wharf quarter will include over 600 new homes as well as a variety of independent food and drink retailers.  The first phase is now complete, comprising 194 homes, with initial works under way in preparation for phase two, which will include 248 homes.

To learn more about CARGO, watch the BBC interview here.