Charles Barratt has been appointed new manager of an iconic landmark building in Cardiff, Capitol Shopping Centre.
Charles is manager of Merlin's Walk Shopping Centre in Carmarthen and has responsibility for both centres as well as overseeing another NewRiver shopping centre, St Elli Centre in Llanelli.
Charles said: “I’m really excited about the tremendous challenges my new role brings, particularly as we head into the busiest time of the year for retailers.
“Personally I have great affection for Merlin’s Walk and Carmarthen and my work there will continue but I now have to focus on Capitol as well and I’m looking forward to building close relationships with new and existing retailers.”
Charles said he was delighted to be returning to the city which helped launch his career and particularly to work at Capitol Shopping Centre again with all its potential.
He says he is proud to have always increased the number of activities and community involvement in his shopping centres and has worked closely with local organisations and schools to increase awareness of free events for shoppers and their families.
Born in Bristol, Charles’s early years were spent in Glasgow but he moved to South Wales when he was 12 and went to school in Llantwit Major and Barry College of Further Education. He first worked in Cardiff as catering manager at Cardiff University Student Union in 1992 and four years later was appointed business development manager at the Capitol with responsibility for a food court and development of other catering so he is returning to the venue he started his career 20 years ago.
Charles later moved to Bristol as housekeeping manager at Cribbs Causeway until 2001 before spending a year as regional manager for Out of Town Restaurants responsible for units in Wales, Somerset and Devon. He then ran his own FT5K coffee shops and bar business for five years.
After a spell with Costa Coffee and as deputy general manager of SouthGate Bath, Charles was drawn back to South Wales as manager of Merlin’s Walk which like Capitol is owned by leading UK retail property investment company NewRiver and managed by Bristol-based Workman.Ends