THREE new chain restaurants and shops in Harlow Town Centre are bringing excitement to Christmas shoppers this December and one of them will have customers sitting in pews and ordering from hymn boards.
New openings include gift and gadget shop Hawkin’s, as well as restaurants Sticky Sisters and The Burger Priest.
Harlow’s branch of Sticky Sisters will be their third venue in the UK after openings in Farnborough and Leeds in May 2017. The casual dining experience offers chicken, burgers, vegetarian options, salads, as well as desserts and milkshakes.
Opening their doors right next to fast food restaurant, Burger King, could see competition arise from both parties. Duty Manager Manik, said: ‘Hopefully this won’t affect our business, as they’re more expensive.
‘Sticky Sister’s isn’t open yet, they were meant to be open today. We can’t really predict how it will affect business just yet.’
In an interview with local newspaper, Your Harlow, Bryan Young, the Centre Manager of the Harvey Centre, said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome up-and-coming restaurant Sticky Sisters to Harlow.
‘The town is changing massively and there is a huge appetite for a greater dining offer, which we are responding to.’
The Burger Priest, which is a church-themed restaurant, plans to open on December 11 and will be opposite Burger King and Sticky Sisters.
Diners will get the chance to sit on church pews and order food from hymn board menus. The third Burger Priest to open nationally will offer a takeaway service, and a range of premium burgers made from Aberdeen Angus beef.
When speaking to Essex Live, Keith Fox, the national franchise manager of The Burger Priest, said: ‘The Harvey Centre is a fantastic leisure and retail complex and we are delighted to be situated there.
‘We believe it will be a fantastic success in Harlow and we can’t wait to open in December.’
Alongside the two new restaurants, novelty present shop Hawkin’s opened its doors last month to the public. The franchise already has stores at shopping centres Bluewater and Westfield Stratford City and sells gifts including neon lights and drones.
The shop has attracted a huge amount of Christmas shoppers and Bekki, the manager of the Harlow store, said: ‘Business is really good right now, I’m unsure whether this is because of Christmas or whether it’ll continue on through to next year, it’s hard to say.’
The Harvey Centre is a perfect example of how Harlow is on the rise with so many new changes taking place.