Ex-Manchester United stars plan expansion of football-themed hotels and cafes

Ex-Manchester United stars plan expansion of football-themed hotels and cafes

Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are bidding to expand their football-themed hotels and cafes to Asia.

They are in talks with potential partners to expand in China, Thailand, India, Singapore and Malaysia,

Some developments will house a hotel and cafe, while others will only be a cafe, Neville said.

The ex-footballers have already teamed up with Singapore billionaire Peter Lim on property developments in Manchester, including a city centre site to house a five-star hotel and a boutique property converted from the city’s former Northern Stock Exchange building.

A third of the duo’s Café Football outlets is due to open at the National Football Museum in Manchester later this year

Speaking in Singapore, Neville said: “We’ve had fantastic reviews in Manchester, and we are looking for a UK, Europe and Asian expansion over the next 12 to 18 months to add multiple properties.

“We’re looking at 5,000 room in the next 10 years,” he told the Financial Times, adding that each hotel would have about 200 rooms.

The first football-themed cafe in Asia will open in Singapore in 2017, he said.

The first cafe opened in London in 2013, followed by a second near Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground.

Lim’s real estate business Rowsley paid almost £30 million last year for a 75% stake in the 133-room Hotel Football adjoining Old Trafford, which was set up by a group of former players including Giggs and Neville.


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