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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 2 March

Jamie Oliver to set up shop on King Street and no more biscuits at Salford Council

Published on March 2nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 2 March

NO JAIL FOR MUM WHO HELPED SON EVADE POLICE FOR PARTINGTON STAB DEATH. Gina McPhee of Leigh arranged a hotel two days after the murder so that son Carlos could lie low during investigations. Carlos McPhee was jailed for life for the murder in July 2009. Gina McPhee has been given a nine-month suspended sentence and 150 hours of community service.

METROLINK APOLOGISES: Following Confidential's campaign to improve Metrolink, a Metrolink chief has apologised to a passenger's boss for making him late for work. Aidan Higgins' employers received a written apology for the 50-minute delay between Cornbrook and G-Mex and a reassurance that 'this was an isolated incident and could not be avoided'. Click here for our incriminating interview with the Metrolink bosses.

JAMIE OLIVER MAY OPEN UP SHOP ON KING STREET. Talks are on-going for a restaurant in the Grade II listed building formerly housing HSBC bank - an Edwin Lutyens building and an architectural masterpiece now lying empty. This will be a boost to the Spring Gardens area, which is already lined with high-end designer fashion retailers as well as one of the City's better Italians, Rosso Restaurant. Meals at Jamie's mid-market delicatessens average £45 a head and have so far been welcomed by critics.

SALFORD COUNCIL COST-CUTTING MEASURE TAKES THE BISCUIT: the Council hopes to save £30,000 next year by, amongst other things, stopping serving biscuits at Town Hall meetings. The measure should ensure that other budgets for more vital services don't have to be dipped into.

Daft American homily: Treasure time. No amount of money can retrieve a single second.

From Life's Little Instructions Calendar given to our Health and Beauty Editor as a gift. This is apparently written without irony

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GordoMarch 3rd 2010.

whilst we are in desperate need for an Italian restaurant in that part of town, I would bet my considerable bottom that Oliver will not go into that banking hall. Banking halls are difficult to do things with, very 80's and massively expensive to run. That building, my favourite in Manchester, is going to be a difficult one to move on, it's like a bespoke suit, it as built specifically for a business that has now changed completely, it won't fit anything else.

Scott NeilMarch 3rd 2010.

the only obvious food/drink thing i could see even half-way working in that building (bearing in mind the expense) would be if something like Fuller's bought it, turned it into one of their Ale & Pie-type pubs (like the Old Bank of England on Fleet Street, or the Old Joint Stock by Birmingham cathedral). even then, it's a really big building.

Leigh ScottMarch 4th 2010.

I don’t know the floor plates and it is listed but I wonder if it could be run as a multi business site. High end boutiques on different levels and still manage to incorporate the likes of Oliver. If I was Oliver I wouldn’t want the whole building, neither would I if I was a famous high end clothing retailer, but if the likes of let’s say Jimmy Choo and others who don’t have the huge presence in Manchester due to required location and rental costs want to rent a small unit, it may represent a smaller risk drawing in more attraction on a multi level basis. I think it would almost bring King Street back in to the fold and give it some personality back too. Perhaps some Agents/architects need to put together a presentation to a property developer and then on to these retailers to test the water? God knows they are only sat twiddling their thumbs at the moment…

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