Nobles family feud settled in court


Nobles Amusements in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester will close after Michael Noble’s widow Gill finally won the right to evict her brother-in-law Philip.

The five-storey site will be converted into a hotel, supermarket and restaurants and is expected to reopen in 2013. Nobles Amusements is the latest in a string of high profile amusement arcades that have disappeared from our city centres in recent months.

The family feud began after Michael Noble’s death in 2006, when the £100m Noble Group business was split between his widow Gill and brother Philip. Gill became owner of the building freehold, at 19-31 Piccadilly, while Philip became the ground-floor tenant.

But, in 2009, Gill’s firm Jolan Piccadilly said it planned to evict Philip’s amusements business, Crossco, to make way for the hotel, restaurants and mini-supermarket. Crossco applied to the High Court for an order to prevent it being kicked out until 2022. That was rejected, but Crossco took the case to the Court of Appeal. A trio of judges has now rejected the appeal.


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