Fast food favourite Leon will be opening its first restaurant in Berkshire.
The popular restaurant and takeaway will be opening its first branch in the county later this year.
Reading will get its first serving of the chain’s popular and healthy meals, including the famous Fish Finger wrap.
The restaurant will be opening in the empty Thomas Cook unit in Broad Street, which is owned by The Oracle.
Leon will be joined by footwear giant, Skechers, which will be opening a new 3,200 sq ft store at the shopping centre later this year.
LEON property director, Adam Blaker said: “We’re delighted, at long last, to be coming to Reading. For several years we’ve had an increasing number of requests from customers to be there.
“We think the position of the site in Broad Street, so close to the entrance of The Oracle, is convenient for shoppers and office workers alike.
“We’re really excited and this is just the beginning of our plans in this wonderful city.”
The closest LEON restaurants to Reading and Berkshire at the moment are London Paddington, Beaconsfield and Oxford.
It is only the start of new openings for the shopping centre, according to Iain Mitchell, UK commercial director at Hammerson, which runs The Oracle, said: “These lettings really highlight The Oracle’s appeal to both consumers and brands, and demonstrate its position as a leading retail and leisure destination.
“We know that more and more consumers are looking for an experience when they visit our destinations, combining shopping with a meal or a leisure activity.
“That’s why we are targeting engaging F&B [food and beverage] brands like Osaka and Leon, and outstanding fashion brands like Skechers.
“This is just the start for The Oracle; we have a lot more planned for 2020.”
Shopping centre bosses have submitted plans which could see House of Fraser transformed into a bowling alley, adventure golf, food hall, shops and restaurants.
The plans were due to be approved at Wednesday (March 4) night’s Reading Borough Council planning meeting.
The shopping centre has already seen two new openings in January with Natwest moving in and Japanese restaurant Osaka opening on the Riverside.