Newcastle’s new BHS finally announces its presence

New BHS Newcastle site (28 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

New BHS Newcastle site (28 Dec 2011)

Work on the new BHS store in Newcastle has been underway for more than six months, though the lack of any mention of BHS on site meant that anyone passing by would have been none the wiser about what exactly was happening. This always seemed to me like a wasted opportunity given the evident interest among local shoppers – after all, for the best part of a year, searches relating to Newcastle’s new BHS have been one of the biggest drivers of traffic to Soult’s Retail View.

Now, however, signage announcing BHS’s forthcoming arrival in Northumberland Street has finally appeared, though the ‘opens 2012′ message leaves the exact timing rather vague. The banner is also looking rather worse for wear, given that it can only have been in place for a couple of weeks at most.

Site of new Newcastle BHS (29 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Site of new Newcastle BHS (29 Nov 2011)

Though the building’s frontage was fully wrapped up when I went past today, the shot above – from a month ago – shows the windows of the ex-Next store already removed ahead of the property’s radical refronting. I’m told that the scaffolding is due to come down in March, which would suggest a store opening sometime in the spring.

Newcastle's Primark extension underway (29 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Newcastle's Primark extension underway (29 Nov 2011)

With work also progressing well on Primark’s nearby extension into the old BHS – and, I understand, at least one other major Northumberland Street unit being quietly marketed, pending relocation elsewhere in the city centre – 2012 already promises plenty of interest for Newcastle’s retail watchers.

2 Responses to “Newcastle’s new BHS finally announces its presence”

  1. Soult's Retail View » What does 2012 hold for Newcastle city centre? said:

    Jan 04, 12 at 19:23

    [...] I reported last week, the opening of the new BHS store in Newcastle’s premier retail location of Northumberland [...]

  2. Soult's Retail View » Newcastle’s extended Primark takes shape said:

    Mar 06, 12 at 19:00

    [...] you may recall, Primark is expanding its current store into the former BHS next door, while BHS, in turn, is transforming the nearby ex-Next building. Primark, like BHS, is now using the hoardings around the site to announce its ‘refurbished [...]


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