Newcastle’s new fashion meccas take shape

No missing the fact that Peacocks is coming... (20 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

No missing the fact that Peacocks is coming... (20 May 2010)

The opening of St Andrew’s Way back in February – and Hollister, belatedly, in April – may have been this year’s biggest retail events in Newcastle, but, three months on, there continue to be interesting and significant developments in fashion retail elsewhere in the city centre.

At Monument Mall, work is now well underway on the new Peacocks store, occupying the three-storey, 17,000 sq ft unit that formerly housed Zavvi, the Virgin Megastore, and before that Woolworths.

You can’t see anything happening inside from the ground floor of the Mall, or from Northumberland Street, as both frontages are boarded off. Rather, one of the most noticable things is that the Mall smells different to usual – of paint and wood, rather than Millies Cookies!

Northumberland Street frontage of new Peacocks store (20 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Northumberland Street frontage of new Peacocks store (20 May 2010)

However, go up or down a level and you can see right into the shop – shiny white tiled floors, escalators and stairs are all visible, with work looking well progressed ahead of the reported opening on 1 July. I’d have taken some pictures closer up, but there will still men in there working at 5:30, and I didn’t fancy being accosted for taking illicit snaps…

New Peacocks store from basement level of Monument Mall (20 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Peacocks store from basement level of Monument Mall (20 May 2010)

Across town on the corner of Newgate Street and Blackett Street, work has also started on redeveloping the recently vacated Arcadia space into a new Next store, which – at 55,000 sq ft – will be one of the fashion retailer’s largest stores in Britain when it opens early in 2011.

Site of new Next store in Newcastle (16 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Site of new Next store in Newcastle (16 May 2010)

...and the same view back in January. Photograph by Graham Soult

...and the same view back in January

Again, there’s not a great deal to see yet, but the Topman and Topshop signs have been taken down, the site screened off, and some mysterious holes punched into the brick façade facing Newgate Street.

As far as I’m aware, there’s no further news on which retailer might replace Next’s current shop on Northumberland Street, but there’s still plenty of time for details to emerge. One sure thing is that we’re likely to be seeing Newcastle’s fashion retailers playing musical shops for some time yet, as new units are carved out and existing ones freed up.

5 Responses to “Newcastle’s new fashion meccas take shape”

  1. Soult's Retail View» Blog Archive » Card Factory lined up for Newcastle’s Northumberland Street said:

    Jun 18, 10 at 10:32

    [...] Northumberland Street’s shift towards the value end of retail, coming hot on the heels of the new Peacocks store. Peacocks, Monument Mall, Newcastle (11 Jun [...]

  2. Soult's Retail View» Blog Archive » Hotel Chocolat comes to Newcastle said:

    Nov 02, 10 at 10:41

    [...] strong year given the economic climate. Several long-vacant units have found new occupants (such as Peacocks in Monument Mall and Millets in Market Street), while many of the units freed up by retailers moving to St [...]

  3. Soult's Retail View» Blog Archive » “Major value fashion anchor” for MetroCentre Woolies site said:

    Nov 07, 10 at 23:48

    [...] reconfigured unit is similar in size to the upcoming Next store, in the CSC-owned Eldon Square, which the statement also reveals is “on target for a December 2010 handover enabling an [...]

  4. Soult's Retail View » Newcastle’s new Next readies for April opening said:

    Feb 28, 11 at 22:57

    [...] has been underway on Newcastle’s former Arcadia site for the best part of a year, as the space is transformed into a 55,000 sq ft Next store. Like the old Topshop store that it [...]

  5. Soult's Retail View » Edinburgh Woollen Mill saves Peacocks, but nine North East stores close said:

    Feb 22, 12 at 19:10

    [...] Peacocks is a case in point. The store is noteworthy in that it only opened in July 2010, taking over the prime city centre spot vacated by Zavvi. It was rarely busy, however, and I can [...]


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