Oops! Tesco’s Gateshead mailout sends customers to Poundland

Graham Soult

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6 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    I never got one of the mailings that have been mentioned in this blog, so I never even got the opportunity to see the faulty map. Will be good when the redevelopment of the town centre is complete…not just Tesco, but all of it. It’s long over due and everyone that allowed the town centre to fall in such disrepair should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. Andy says:

    Living close to Gateshead Stadium Metro station (and working in South Shields), and disappointed with the range available at the Old Fold Asda, I’ve either been using the South Shields superstore (an easy walk from Simonside Metro), or going through to Kingston Park every few weeks to the big Tesco Extra. Looking forward to having the full range and more back in the centre of Gateshead next year (and I see Tesco have also done a deal with Vue Cinemas and submitted plans to change the proposed hotel in the shopping centre to a 9 screen cinema).

  3. me says:

    Wasnt a great store and gatesheads a dump anyhow, awful grotty town centre, best part of place is being able to leave it

  4. Daniel Breslauer says:

    I fully agree with everything Jeremy said, especially about Tesco’s large investment in rebuilding half of Gateshead’s town ‘centre’.

    I live in the same area as Jeremy. Without a car, Sainsbury’s is very difficult to reach; Asda is pretty much the same. I suppose I’ll be using either Sainsbury or Asda and taking a taxi home once every 1-2 weeks with the heavy stuff (I have 3 cats – the amount and weight of cat litter is something one doesn’t want to carry too far).

    Mostly I’ll probably use Tesco in Newcastle city centre (Clayton Str) on the way home, I pass there by metro anyway coming back from work, but that is still a smaller store and I doprefer to get everything in one place.

  5. Jeremy Fry says:

    Good piece, Graham. The trouble with Gateshead (I’m a resident near the town centre) is that the town centre isn’t really anything of the sort. It’s a High Street (about which the less said, the better)and it’s really only a minor extension of the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside area. So it’s no surprise that there was only ever room for one large supermarket, and Tesco got there first.

    The population isn’t clustered around Gateshead “centre” either -for the most part it spreads away from it, so the distance quickly becomes a problem, and residents probably rely more on local shops than is normal (I’m fortunate in having a pretty good NISA store nearby, although that will be threatened if Tesco get their wish to open a store in the old Honeysuckle pub on Coatsworth Road.

    This said, I am personally glad Tesco is the big shop in Gateshead. I know people love to hate ‘em, but I am pinning a lot of hope on the development of the town centre, which they are putting big money into. With the razing of Trinity Square and the car park, plus the introduction of student accommodation in the centre and hopefully some more demolition at the other end of the high street, perhaps some life and even a bit of money will come in. I somehow doubt it’ll ever challenge Jesmond for cool! – but a year or two more spent on improving for the longer term is a price I think worth paying.

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