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Escape Hunt to launch intu Watford venue

● Global escape room phenomenon to provide new immersive experience for Watford shoppers
● Follows a number of other new openings at the centre in recent weeks – including NEXT Beauty and Joules

intu Watford is pleased to announce that immersive entertainment company Escape Hunt will open a brand-new escape room and virtual reality experience at the centre, for visitors to enjoy.

Founded in 2013 and with branches across the world from Buenos Aires to Melbourne, Escape Hunt provides immersive and exciting escape room adventures, designed for teams of between 2 - 6 players, for ages 8 and up. Players are briefed on their mission before stepping into new worlds, solving puzzles and clues in a race against the clock. These provide great experiences for the general public – for a social bubble meet-up - as well as for corporate team-building days.

The company will take 4,042 sq ft on a 10-year lease, and will sit in the centre’s recent 380,000 sq ft, £180 million extension.

The news is another demonstration of returning confidence across the sector in the wake of the pandemic, and also of the continued appetite amongst shoppers for the provision of leisure and entertainment options, to complement their visit to the centre.

Escape Hunt will join a line-up of other leading leisure providers at the centre, including Cineworld (IMAX and Screen X), Hollywood Bowl and Rock Up, along with a host of restaurants, such as The Florist, Loungers, Yo Sushi and Cote.

intu Watford is a leading retail and leisure destination, typically attracting around 16 million visits from consumers per year. Following the unveiling of its new extension in September 2018, it currently sits at 1.4m sq ft in total. The centre has also welcomed a number of new and exciting retail tenants in recent weeks – including NEXT Beauty and Joules.

Escape Hunt CEO, Richard Harpham, commented:

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the magic of our immersive entertainment to Watford.

“Some of our most popular escape rooms will be opening at intu Watford, and we’re sure you’re going to love them.”

Charlie Griffiths, Senior Asset Manager at intu Watford, commented:

“The addition of Escape Hunt to intu Watford’s great selection of attractions will help cement our position as the go-to destination for people looking for a great day out.

“Confidence continues to return across the leisure sector, as we adapt and learn how to manage the risks around COVID-19 effectively. We’ve seen good levels of interest in our space from a number of other providers over recent weeks – and we expect further new signings to follow this one.

“Research clearly shows that shopping centres offering a compelling combination of retail, food and beverage and entertainment options outperform the wider market. As people and brands become more selective with their choice of destination, we are determined to remain at the forefront of evolving consumer trends.”

To sign up for the latest information and updates on Escape Hunt Watford, or to purchase a gift card in time for Christmas visit: escapehunt.com/uk/watford/

Safety of both staff and guests is Escape Hunt’s top priority. For more information on how they’ll be ensuring it’s safe to enjoy their 5* adventures whilst closely following government guidance on COVID-19 please visit- escapehunt.com/UK/play-safe/

If you can’t wait to step into adventure, bring Escape Hunt to your home with their collection of play at home experiences perfect to play the lockdown hours away. With games suitable for players 8 years and up, you can rescue robots, sift through evidence in the classic ‘whodunnit’ mystery, save the world from losing control of their minds and plenty more.