B&M recruits for Gateshead Team Valley store ahead of 16 November opening

B&M Bargains site - as PC World - at Team Valley Retail World (2 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

B&M Bargains site – as PC World – at Team Valley Retail World (2 May 2013)

The thriving discount retailer B&M is recruiting staff for its new Gateshead store, which is scheduled to open at Team Valley Retail World on Saturday 16 November.

Various permanent roles, including Customer Service Assistants, are currently being advertised on the B&M site, while Gateshead is listed as one of 14 upcoming locations on the ‘new stores’ page. B&M’s store locator lists the planned opening date, and reveals that the store will take over Unit 8 – the 19,000 sq ft premises most recently occupied by PC World. The B&M website also suggests that the Gateshead store will open under the B&M Bargains banner, rather than the B&M Home Store fascia that tends to be more commonly used for the chain’s larger and retail park stores.

B&M jobs site (18 Oct 2013)

B&M jobs site (18 Oct 2013)

It was almost inevitable that Team Valley’s standalone PC World site would be freed up at some point, given that the nearby Currys was recently revamped and rebranded under the dual Currys PC World fascia. Impressively, the letting to B&M will mean that the Land Securities-owned retail park’s 28 units are entirely let, despite having had the challenge in recent years of filling the spaces left by the collapses of Borders, MFI, Comet and Allied Carpets.

Team Valley Retail World, Gateshead (2 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Team Valley Retail World, Gateshead (2 May 2013)

Long seen as a brand that would thrive in Gateshead, it remains to be seen whether the opening of a B&M Bargains store at Team Valley will rule out the possibility of the retailer opening a future shop in the town centre, just a couple of miles away.

Former temporary Tesco site, Gateshead (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former temporary Tesco site, Gateshead (14 Oct 2013)

In the meantime, it also means that the apparent shopfitting activity I spotted this week at the former temporary Tesco (and ex-Kwik Save) at 241 High Street in Gateshead must be for a retailer other than B&M – though at 6,204 sq ft, that unit is a little below B&M’s minimum requirement of 8,000 sq ft in any case.

One of several units vacated as a result of relocations to Trinity Square, its future use will be an important indicator of how far the established areas of Gateshead town centre are able to benefit from any Trinity Square halo effect.

So, while we may have to wait a little longer to see what it becomes, I’ll keep my hopes up that Boyes – the popular Scarborough-based variety chain (with a minimum space requirement of 5,000 sq ft) – might yet have it earmarked for its first Tyneside store, following my suggestion to that effect.

It’s a great indie chain, and – with its quirky haberdashery-to-hifis product mix – the kind of store that would bring something useful and different to Gateshead town centre.

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5 Responses to “B&M recruits for Gateshead Team Valley store ahead of 16 November opening”

  1. Graham Tomlinson said:

    Oct 22, 13 at 21:01

    So that just leaves that one small unoccupied unit next to Gap.

    Can’t think of a retailer who that would be big enough for though, unless M&S knock through

  2. Graham Soult said:

    Oct 23, 13 at 17:09

    The plan shows it as EE – is that not the case? http://www.landsecuritiesretail.com/websitefiles/Gateshead_Team_Valley_Aug2013.pdf

  3. Graham Tomlinson said:

    Oct 23, 13 at 21:37

    It’s not Graham no. No sign of anything there at all.

    Though I did get confused about it being next door to M&S when its SCS!

    Would be odd for EE to open down there considering there’s already a very successful(from what I hear) Phones4U within Currys and the 02 next to McDonalds (not forgetting a decent sized Asda mobile in Asda living too!)

    Saying that, they must be!

  4. Jordan said:

    Nov 11, 13 at 23:33

    EE is going in there as they now have there sign up!

  5. Adam said:

    Nov 16, 13 at 23:51

    I work on the retail park. The plan is correct in that there is an EE store there.

    B&M opened today as planned and the knock on effect for us was bedlam. Carnage is too light a word! B&M itself was awash with queues for most of the day.

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