A leisure property advisory business has doubled in size with two new appointments as the company celebrates deals totaling more than 400,000 square feet so far this year.

Richi Peters, who has 20 years’ experience in the UK and Australia, joins Stärka as a consultant after eight years running his own business. He brings with him a deep understanding of the leisure industry and has previously worked at Savills and GVA.

In his new role at Stärka, Peters’ specialist knowledge of tenant representation and acquisitions will provide creative real estate advice to new and existing clients.

Alongside Peters, Kate Buswell joined Stärka as an apprentice. She will work closely with the team to develop her experience within the restaurant and leisure industry, benefiting from the founders’ combined 40 years of experience.

Richi Peters said: “It was time for a new challenge, which would give me the opportunity to help grow a business, and there is no better place to do that than Stärka.

“I have joined a very exciting agency with very forward-thinking clients. I am committed to delivering at a fast and efficient pace and look forward to bringing my expertise and experience to Stärka and its clients.”

Since its launch in January, the Stärka team has been instrumental in a number of major transactions and redevelopments this year. Totaling over 400,000 square feet, these include the rental of 100,000 square feet to Gravity at Liverpool ONE, acting on behalf of Grosvenor.

The team also secured the largest catering contract outside of London, representing Chotto Matte for a new 20,000 square foot roof at St Michael’s Development in Manchester. They also worked with The Earls Court Development Company to secure 30,000 square foot space for The Lost Estate.

Other key deals include securing a 10,000 square foot main site in Oxford city center for Gusto, a flagship site for Oowee Vegan in Brighton, sites for Slim Chickens in Liverpool ONE and Manchester Arndale. , and the representation of DTZ IM on the Vue retrofit. Cinema at the Printing House.