The four big things taking Star City to another level in Birmingham
Exciting developments have been announced for Star City with three new venues and a huge expansion of an existing entertainment spot
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Real estate asset management company Quadrant has announced the schemes for the 23-acre site which fronts the M6 and reaches 900,000 people within a 20 minute catchment area - it’s less than a 10 minute drive from Birmingham city centre.
The four new schemes will see a huge indoor go-karting track opening in 2024; American fast food chain Taco Bell opening; Indian street food champions Chaiiwala and the expansion of Shere Khan’s - with banqueting facilities. See full details of each new development below.
Go-karting opportunities in Birmingham are set to get bigger than ever before with the launch of Capital Karts at Star City. The 800-metre double-height track will have a fleet of electric karts that can reach up to 45 mph, making it the UK’s second indoor track after Capital Karts’ track in London to achieve this speed. Capital Karts has signed for 39,000 sq ft on a 20-year lease, from early 2024 to operate what will be the longest and fastest karting track in the Midlands.
Taco Bell has taken 2,700 sq ft on a ten-year lease to open its first restaurant in central Birmingham. The American chain, which dates back to 1962, serves up Mexican inspired dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more.
Indian street food brand Chaiiwala has also signed a 10-year lease on one of Star City’s last available kiosk units totalling 386 sq ft, replacing sandwich restaurant Subway which has moved to a larger space at Star City. It was founded in 1927 on the streets of New Delhi by the original pioneers of the tempting recipes available at the venues today including their famous Karak Chaii.
Shere Khan’s restaurant
The popular Pakistani and Indian restaurant Shere Khan’s is expanding its existing 6,612 sq ft premises to incorporate an additional 7,772 sq ft unit, merging both units to a total 14,384 sq ft on a 15-year lease. The new combined premises will be refitted and will include banqueting facilities.
What else is happening at Star City?
Since advising on its purchase in late 2016 on behalf of funds managed by a US-based global alternative asset manager, Quadrant claims to have radically overhauled the Star City scheme with a re-branding and repurposing of key areas.
Long-term leases with anchor tenants, Vue and Tenpin, have been successfully re-geared, while new tenants secured in addition to the recent lettings include active entertainment brand Gravity and Costa Coffee.
Earlier this year, and as part of a longer term potential, Quadrant received planning consent for a new 100,000 sq ft logistics unit and a new 4,000 sq ft drive-thru restaurant at Star City.
‘We want to create a truly unique entertainment and leisure complex for the Midlands’
John Maddison, Partner at Quadrant, said: “Our aim with Star City was to create a truly unique entertainment and leisure complex for the Midlands. Adding the region’s longest and fastest indoor karting track and Birmingham’s first Taco Bell continues this ambition, and Shere Khan’s continued and extended lease is a great reflection of the site’s strong trading performance. These latest signings are a great addition to the mix of attractions that keep people coming back here time and time again.”