There's a new public square coming to Stretford town centre and the community are being invited to name it. Plus there's a new pizzeria heading to Stretford, a date for diaries with Stretford Socials on 4th May and a new 'development corner' at the Mall... 

The redevelopment of King Street is gathering pace and the town centre square needs a name, so who better to pick one than Stretford’s own community?

Bruntwood and Trafford Council are inviting the community to have their say through the ‘Name the Square’ campaign, launching online on Tuesday 30th April and in-person at the next Stretford Socials event on Saturday 4th May. You will be able to submit online or by filling out a form in the town centre until Sunday 19th May.

A town should reflect those who call it home, so the Stretford town centre team & Trafford Council are eager to hear your ideas - whether it's a reflection of Stretford’s rich heritage, a reference to the community, a nod to the vibrant culture or simply something that brings a smile to everyone's face.


Messenger Newspapers:
Popular Stretford pizzeria, Bakehouse32, has announced that it will be expanding into a brand new location, right in the heart of Stretford town centre. Taking over part of the former Stretford Foodhalls unit, Bakehouse32 is set to open in its new location this summer.

Having already built a large and loyal fanbase amongst local residents, Bakehouse32 will be serving up their famous New York style pizza in the evening, alongside a new, carefully crafted menu of pasta and side dishes. Their opening hours will also be extended to include breakfast and lunch service. Menu highlights will include a number of stateside inspired bagels, alongside sandwiches made with freshly made focaccia baked in-house.

Commenting on the announcement, James Tootle, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood, said:

“We can’t wait for Bakehouse32 to open their doors in Stretford town centre this summer. As a brilliant local business, their existing popularity speaks volumes about their exceptional offering. We're thrilled to welcome them into our community."

David Donovan-Brown, owner of Bakehouse32, commented:
“We are excited to confirm Stretford’s worst kept secret - Bakehouse32 is expanding to a bigger and brighter unit in Stretford town centre. We love being a part of Stretford's brilliant community and can’t wait to continue our journey in the heart of the town centre. Our famous New York style pizzas will, of course, be on the menu and we’re excited to be expanding our menu to include breakfast, creating that day through to night experience. We’ll also be joining forces with plenty of other local independent businesses in the area. Keep your eyes out for more exciting announcements coming from us soon.”

A spokesperson for Trafford Council added:

“We are delighted that Bakehouse32 is opening in the unit formerly occupied by Stretford Foodhall. This is a fabulous independent local brand and will be a great addition to the brands already operating in Stretford town centre. Trafford Council is totally committed to improving the borough’s town centres and, with the opening of new retail and hospitality brands due to be announced, the future looks bright for Stretford.”


The Stretford town centre ‘Development Corner’ is now up and running on the windows of the Little Green Sock project (next to Specsavers) in the Mall. It’s designed so the community can keep up to date with all things Stretford with handy posters, community information and development updates. The space currently has posters spotlighting the next monthly Stretford Socials event and a sneak peek behind the hoardings at the latest development works.

Messenger Newspapers:

Some incredible pieces of Stretford history have been uncovered during the development works. 

From road signs to old bricks and vintage beer bottles, these artefacts will eventually go on display at one of the monthly Stretford Socials events. If any members of the Stretford community have some more information about these pieces of the town's past please let the team know via

Messenger Newspapers:

Earlier in the month, the community came together at Victoria Park for the ‘Stretford Soaring Skies’ kite flying event. It was an excellent day of kite flying, ice cream and outdoor community fun as participants proudly showcased their vibrant handmade creations which had been crafted with care at the last Stretford Socials event on April 6th.

Thank you to Friends of Victoria Park and Art Venturers South Manchester for their involvement in the Soaring Skies events and everyone who came along and took part.

Be sure to follow  Stretford town centre  on social media and sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know about the FREE community events!

Development update

In April it was farewell to the old multi-storey car park ramp as the final stage of the demolition was completed. This is a huge milestone in the development and will completely revitalise the way people move through the town centre.

The old ramp will be replaced with a much less obstructive internal ramp. The multi storey car park will also benefit from new lighting, better security and accessibility. We can't wait for you to see the new facilities once work is completed in spring 2025. 


Mark calendars for the next Stretford Social event on Saturday 4th May 12-4pm for the Name the Square project launch and the usual stellar line up of local traders and community fun.