Friday 21 February 2014 – Media Release

First Retail Brands to Setup Shop at Crossrail Station, Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group plc today announced the very first retail brands to open at the new Crossrail retail and leisure destination, due to open its doors in May 2015.

Opening three years in advance of the actual station, the forthcoming retail and leisure destination will play home to some of the UK’s popular brands including Everyman Cinema, the first in East London, Sports Bar & Grill and the Mexican burrito restaurant, Poncho 8.

The mix of these lifestyle and retail brands will be placed within the six storey development, designed by Foster + Partners, which covers the station with a semi open-air timber lattice view.

Andrew Myers, CEO of Everyman Media Group plc said: “We hope that the Everyman concept will become a real hub of entertainment at the new Crossrail development at Canary Wharf. It will definitely add to and offer something extra special to the Canary Wharf community.”

David Evans, Managing Director of Sports Bar & Grill said: “To be the successful tender for the new Canary Wharf Crossrail scheme has placed Sports Bar & Grill at the centre of a key area of London for workers and residents alike. It demonstrates the appetite of discerning sports fans who want to enjoy really good food, whilst watching sports in an environment with state-of-the-art screens.”

Nick Birkett, Co-owner of Poncho 8 stated: “To be selected as the only Mexican operator in the Canary Wharf Crossrail development is very exciting. It will be our flagship store. We already deliver our breakfasts and burritos to a large number of customers in Canary Wharf from our stores in the City so we know the demand is there for Poncho 8’s product.”

Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer for Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “Everyman Cinema, Sports Bar & Grill and Poncho 8 are key brands we’ve been targeting, as they will add enjoyment and diversity to the growing portfolio of retail and leisure outlets at the Canary Wharf estate. It’s very important for us to offer a varied experience to our loyal customers and we look forward to welcoming them at the new Crossrail development opening in May 2015.”

The Group’s 115,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure development above the new Crossrail Station combined with the recent Jubilee Place extension represents one of the largest retail expansions currently underway in the UK.


For further information, please contact:

Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Twitter: @yourcanarywharf


About Canary Wharf Group plc:

Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 16 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 300 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

Leasing agents Bruce Gillingham Pollard and Lunson Mitchenall acted on behalf of Canary Wharf Group plc.
The new Crossrail tenants will include:

Everyman – occupying 10,625 sq ft

Everyman Media Group plc is a chain of unique premium cinemas across London, Surrey, Hampshire and Leeds. The group’s first cinema was acquired in Hampstead in 1999. Since then, the Everyman Media Group has gone from strength to strength and in March 2008, as part of ambitious expansion plans, acquired the independent cinema chain Screen Cinemas as well as opening in Maida Vale, Leeds and the Mailbox, Birmingham (December 2014). Offering a varied programme of quality films, live broadcasts and special events, Everyman is spearheading the revival of independent cinema in the UK.


Sports Bar and – occupying 7,250 sq ft

Sports Bar & Grill is the truly unique and unparralled brand leader in showing live sport, which launched in 2008 at Marylebone Station offering customers a quality dining experience within a comfortable, ambient atmosphere which was previously lacking at station travel terminuses.

Key characteristics of the brand are copper riveted bar fronts giving a warm, rich, welcoming glow, reclaimed wood and metal furniture covered with leather and denim, plug sockets at all tables for laptops, phone chargers and quiet areas for business meetings .

A comprehensive food menu is available from breakfast through to dinner using fresh products, locally sourced and prepared in a customer facing kitchen for added ‘theatre’with exceptional service from a team of friendly, highly trained, professional staff within a vibrant, exciting atmosphere watching live prime sporting events on SONY LED plasma screens with four separate sound and viewing areas.

Poncho – Occupying 8,952 sq ft.

Poncho 8 believe fresh, fantastic food make us all feel happier. They have been selling London’s best Cali-Mex burritos, salads and tacos since 2009 and now operate from six stores in London. They have recently launched a breakfast, cold grab & go and premium coffee range. Poncho has also developed the UK’s first burrito ordering iPhone App which allows customer to order for collection or delivery anywhere in the City in London.