Margate’s The Centre welcomes Palms Pizza and Curve Roaster coffee as last units are now filled

The Centre in Margate has now got businesses in every unit

The Centre in Margate is now fully let after deals have been secured for the last vacant units.

LCP, which manages the shopping centre on behalf of landlord Evolve Estates, has agreed a five-year lease with Palms Pizza for unit 16, while Curve Roaster coffee shop has taken unit 12 also on a five-year lease.

Joshua Ward, who is opening Palms Pizza with business partner Stuart Clarke, said: “We are bringing a New York-style pizza-by-the-slice restaurant to Margate, which is something Stuart and I have wanted to do for a long time now.

“We think where we’re opening in The Centre is the perfect spot next to the music venues and bars. As well as a sit-in service, we will have a click and collect service and eventually delivery, too.”

Palms Pizza, which opens on April 15 with a promotional deal of £1 per slice, has created three local jobs. Six varieties of pizza will be available and this will be extended over the next few months.

Their arrival comes just weeks after Crybaby Jazz, a Prohibition-era style club that hosts live acoustic sessions and jazz bands, opened at the centre.

The new tenants join 17 other retailers, including Boots, Peacocks and Card Factory, plus UpMargate, the retail, pop-up and studio space for fledgling businesses, traders and artists, Elsewhere music venue and record store and baker Modern Provider.

Phil Murphy, asset manager at Evolve Estates, said: “The Centre is a thriving and colourful shopping destination in the heart of the town, attracting 65,000 shoppers a month.

“It is a haven for great independents, high street names and, of course, UpMargate. With confidence continuing to grow in the high street, we’re really pleased to have let the final two units to local traders as they gear up for the busy summer trade.”


  1. “Phil Murphy, asset manager at Evolve Estates, said: “The Centre is a thriving and colourful shopping destination in the heart of the town, attracting 65,000 shoppers a month.”
    65,000 shoppers a month?? What planet do you live on Phil? It certainly isn’t in Thanet. And when were you last even here?

    • does that include the homeless, the hang out drug/alcoholics and the mix of rough looking men and women with 5 kids and a filthy buggy??

  2. The Centre is now a hidden gem. Lovely to have a few drinks in the evening there. Never any trouble. Just a nice little social bubble. This place will only enhance that. Hope it stays this way and avoids becoming what Ramsgate Harbour has become.

  3. 65 k personally that’s probably not far from the truth,
    The couple whom opened the Saturday superstore, have relocated to Canterbury, in my personal view , the couple are true champions, whom trail blazed the way forward, alongside Ben also and other serious operators, Saturday superstore made a big difference to the centre , that really is now buzzing with perhaps more entertainment than retail.

    It’s great to see and hear this exciting further development,

    Good luck to them , great news and excellent report from this news page

    Thank you

    • I agree, it is them and the agents Clarke and Crittenden that really pushed this. Without these two the Centre would still be a place to avoid

    • I agree, both SJ and Clarke and Crittenden have really helped this part of the town. Without them the centre would be still be a place to avoid.

  4. When are you bringing the seats back to town, is what I would like to know? With my bad feet, I need to rest but since so bright spark thought let’s take all the benches away from the town I can’t come into town.

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