July 21, 2024

Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet have approved the award of the contract to operate the Queen’s Market in Rhyl to the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group. The Queen’s Market will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Rhyl town centre and will provide a mixed-use hall, offering a collection of artisan eateries, retail and events space.

The development includes 16 individual food and retail units, a double-sided bar, a large flexible events space and an external area capable of holding events, markets or seating.

Following a rigorous and competitive tender process, the Cabinet have agreed that the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group are to be awarded the contract to be the operator at the premises. The Council will now work with the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group on agreeing and signing the contract to be the operator of the Queen’s Market.

Construction on the site began in August of last year, after Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction were appointed by the Council to carry out the design and construction.

The work is nearing completion, with the building set to be handed over from Wynne Construction on the 17th of July.

The Council will now work with the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group to achieve their vision for the interior of the Market. Working in collaboration, the bar, hot food kiosks and market kiosks will now be fitted out.  A strategy and target date for opening the facility will also be negotiated and agreed with the operator. The Council will also work with the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group on identifying and securing tenants for the units.

Recent major projects in the area have delivered multi-million pound private and public sector investments, including:

  • Renovation of the Pavilion Theatre and creation of the ‘1891’ Restaurant
  • Two national branded hotels
  • A co-working space for new enterprises
  • The SC2 Waterpark and Ninja Tag
  • The Pont y Ddraig Bridge and Harbour improvements

Councillor Jason McLellan, Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for Economic Growth and Tackling Deprivation said:

“We are committed to the long-term development of Rhyl, with the new market being an integral part of this overall vision. This will bring multiple new job opportunities and will offer the residents of Denbighshire with a unique retail offering, as well visitors who come to Rhyl from further afield.

The Queen’s Market has been the centrepiece of Rhyl since 1902 and has provided a variety of uses for the town. The building has a sentimental status, which is to be enhanced through the redevelopment of this historic site.

There has been a £65 million investment to regenerate Rhyl for residents and businesses alike, focused on leisure, commerce, and community projects. The Queens market is yet another step in these developments, which will offer a new and exciting space for the people of Rhyl, and Denbighshire as a whole”.

Andrew Mikhail, Chairman of Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group said:

“I am delighted that Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group has been named as the operator of Queens Market in Rhyl. We are determined to deliver excellence in every aspect of Queens Market.

We have demonstrated our ability to create thriving destinations, and now we embark on a new chapter of transforming this venue into a vibrant hub of leisure, hospitality, and community.

With passion, innovation, and a commitment to exceptional experiences, we will strive to surpass expectations and bring to life a market that captures the essence of Rhyl’s unique spirit. Together, we will write a remarkable success story and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come”.

For more information, please go to: https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/community-and-living/regeneration/rhyl/queens-buildings/queens-buildings.aspx