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Bristol's Wapping Wharf retail concept takes shape with arrival of shipping containers


Cargo retailers inside a container unit at Bristol's Wapping Wharf today. (Photo Credit: Jon Craig)

The first shipping containers destined to be transformed into a new retail concept for Bristol arrived today.

Cargo, the city's first retail yard made of converted shipping containers, will be part of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf precinct.

While the harbourside quarter is already making a name for itself as the city's new foodie hub, Cargo will also host various independent retailers – joining a host of other retailers already open along Gaaol Ferry Steps, the new pedestrian route through Wapping Wharf that connects the city centre to south Bristol.

Both Cargo 1, which includes 18 converted shipping containers, and Cargo 2, a similar hub adjacent to the first and including 28 containers, have received planning consent. 

Many of the units, which are set across two levels, have glass frontages, views out onto the waterfront and outside terraces.

An artist's impression of what Cargo will look like once completed.

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"It is hugely exciting to be involved in bringing a new retail concept to Bristol with the arrival of Cargo,” said Stuart Hatton, the director of Umberslade, the developer of Cargo.

“This is a first for the city and will bring something unique to its vibrant independent retail scene. 

“We are thrilled that Wapping Wharf has attracted such an eclectic mix of food and drink venues, ranging from pop-ups to cuisine from some of Britain's top chefs."  

It is anticipated that the first retailers in Cargo 1 will open in September and in Cargo 2 later this autumn.

When complete, the Wapping Wharf quarter will include over 600 new homes as well as a variety of independent food and drink retailers.

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Published on Wednesday 10 August by Elias Jahshan

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