The first restaurants have now officially opened their doors at Corn Exchange this month, and with this comes the appointment of a new General Manager, Mark Schofield.
With over 30 years experience within the retail, shopping centre and customer services sectors, Mark is a fantastic addition to the team who brings with him a wealth of knowledge.
Having previously worked at Marks & Spencer between 1988-1990, and again as Regional Operations Manager in 1996 following the Manchester bombing, Mark has 18 years experience with the multinational retailer and shares a very fond affection for the city of Manchester.
In addition, Mark held the very successful position of Deputy Centre Manager at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet for 10 years, where he was able to help develop the centre into a location providing greater breadth, higher quality and service centric operators.
“I’m delighted to once again be working in central Manchester and I’m very excited and honoured to be appointed as the new General Manager of Corn Exchange.
“The iconic Grade II listed building is a real historic treasure within the city and has seen a huge transformation as part of the £30 million redevelopment work undertaken by Aviva Investors and Queensberry Real Estate.
“With an eclectic mix of cuisine, including two of London’s most popular restaurant brands, Wahaca and Vapiano, who open their first sites outside of the capital, I’m sure Corn Exchange will quickly establish itself as a key dining destination within the region.”
Simon Green from Corn Exchange owners Aviva Property Investors Trust said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Mark on board and we’re certain he will prove to be a brilliant asset to Corn Exchange. Mark brings with him a wealth of experience that will be invaluable in ensuring Corn Exchange is the food and drink destination of choice in the region.”
In addition, Richard Davies, Partner of Cushman & Wakefield said:
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to our team in managing the Corn Exchange, Manchester. With his background and expertise, particularly with regards to the delivery of food and beverage during his time at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, we believe that he is the perfect person to lead the next chapter of Corn Exchange.”
Work began on the historic Grade II listed building in October 2014, following plans from the Aviva Investors Property Trust, owners of Corn Exchange Manchester, and developers Queensberry Real Estate to revitalise the building and transform it into one of the UK’s best dining facilities.