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New Gateshead Poundland to open on 29 March – with existing store retained for now

Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014)

One of the eight new Poundland stores scheduled to open by the end of March is the long-awaited branch at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development, which Poundland’s new … Continue Reading

Nine months in, Gateshead’s Trinity Square hits footfall high and eyes 100% occupancy

Trinity Square, Gateshead (20 Feb 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Trinity Square, Gateshead (20 Feb 2014)

When Gateshead’s Trinity Square opened its doors in May last year, you could have been forgiven for being a little underwhelmed by the extent of the retail offer.

Sure, it was hard not to be impressed, as I was, by the scale and quality of the new Tesco; … Continue Reading

Exclusive: Lego Store set for 29 November opening at Intu Metrocentre

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013)

The new Lego Store at Gateshead’s Intu Metrocentre is to open on Friday 29 November, I understand.

The imminent opening of the store seems to have prompted much excitement among North East Lego enthusiasts – many of them somewhat older than the Danish toy brand’s core market – since the appearance of job adverts … Continue Reading

Adidas and Toys R Us move quickly to fill Intu Eldon Square voids

Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013)

In recent months, the St Andrew’s Way section of Newcastle’s Eldon Square has seen its first tenant departures since opening in February 2010, with the loss of Republic and Guess. Both units are … Continue Reading

Good news for Sunderland as fashion store Utopia takes over ex-Peacocks

Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013)

Sunderland’s ex-Peacocks unit in The Bridges is finally to be reoccupied, after more than 18 months of vacancy.

The prominent Market Square store was one of ten North East branches that closed following Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s rescue of 400 Peacocks stores in February last year. Now, after months of … Continue Reading

Shrewsbury: the town where independents are keeping the high street buzzing

Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013)

Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years – but it’s usually on my own, and rarely for very long in … Continue Reading

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance – pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013)

I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark the ‘official launch’ of Intu Metrocentre.

Metrocentre owner Capital Shopping Centres plc … Continue Reading

Gateshead’s Tesco-anchored Trinity Square gets ready for its 23 May opening

West Street frontage of Trinity Square (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

West Street frontage of Trinity Square (17 May 2013)

With just four days to go before the Tesco-anchored retail portion of Trinity Square opens (on Thursday 23 May), Gateshead shoppers are getting their first glimpses of signage and shopfit works, while the site as a whole remains a hive of activity. Alongside, the confirmed tenant list continues to evolve.

Since my … Continue Reading

Sports Direct heads tenant list for Gateshead’s Trinity Square

Trinity Square's High Street frontage (21 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Trinity Square’s High Street frontage (21 Apr 2013)

One month ahead of its 23 May opening, the names of several more tenants for Gateshead’s £150m Trinity Square development have emerged.

The most recent brochure for the Tesco-led regeneration scheme, dated September 2012, features … Continue Reading

Jack Wills “agrees terms” on Newcastle Monument Mall store

Jack Wills, Exeter (9 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Jack Wills, Exeter (9 Sep 2011)

I understand that self-styled “university outfitter” Jack Wills has agreed terms on the prominent corner unit at Hammerson’s Monument Mall, bringing the brand to Newcastle for the first time.

The unit (pictured below), with frontages to both Blackett Street and Northumberland Street, is the space that Evans and Wallis occupiedContinue Reading

Victoria’s Secret heading to Newcastle’s Monument Mall – if Hammerson’s posters are to be believed

Poster showing Victoria's Secret at Monument Mall, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Poster showing Victoria’s Secret at Monument Mall, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013)

Newcastle is set to host one of the UK’s first branches of US lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret – if new posters around Hammerson’s Monument Mall development are to be believed.

Following the opening of the scheme’s new TK Maxx store last Thursday (28 February), posters featuring updated artist’s impressions of … Continue Reading

Ponden Home opens in Gateshead’s ex-Bonmarche store as Trinity Square takes shape nearby

Ponden Home, Gateshead (17 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Ponden Home, Gateshead (17 Feb 2013)

Ponden Home, the soft furnishings and accessories retailer, has opened a new shop in Gateshead town centre, taking the unit in Jackson Street that had been empty since Bonmarche closed down a year ago.

Though the letting to Ponden Home had been rumoured since before Christmas, the speed of the store’s opening is impressive. … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s new TK Maxx gets ready for 28 February opening

New TK Maxx, Northumberland Street, Newcastle (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

New TK Maxx, Northumberland Street, Newcastle (10 Feb 2013)

Getting on for a year since the redevelopment of Monument Mall began, the first reconfigured store within the Hammerson-owned scheme is finally preparing to open its doors.

The development’s anchor retailer – the fashion and homewares chain TK Maxx – whose opening … Continue Reading

Cladding goes up on Newcastle’s Primark as new city centre developments take shape

Primark, Newcastle (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Primark, Newcastle (30 Oct 2012)

The outside of Newcastle’s enlarged Primark is finally starting to gain its funky cladding, as the Northumberland Street store gets ready for its planned opening.

Since I last updated on the project at the end of July, the exterior of the building has changed … Continue Reading

Lichfield gets a boost as Debenhams takes over city’s ex-TJ Hughes

TJ Hughes, Lichfield, prior to closure (19 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

TJ Hughes, Lichfield, prior to closure (19 Mar 2010)

The confirmation that Debenhams will be opening up in Lichfield’s former TJ Hughes store in March 2013 is great news for the city, and should give a big footfall boost to neighbouring retailers.

The … Continue Reading

Newcastle roundup: retail lettings remain active as Cath Kidston signs and Office expands

Cath Kidston, St Ives, Cornwall (20 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Cath Kidston, St Ives, Cornwall (20 Feb 2011)

Cath Kidston is to open a standalone store in Newcastle city centre, it has been revealed.

The upmarket clothing, accessories, bags and homeware retailer – famous for its floral prints and patterns – has signed for the unit at 136-138 Grainger Street, opposite Urban Outfitters, which currently houses the footwear brand Office.

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L’Occitane en Provence heads to Newcastle’s Eldon Square

L'Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

L’Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011)

L’Occitane en Provence, the upmarket beauty products retailer, is to open a standalone shop in Newcastle’s Eldon Square next month.

Details of the September store opening – which were … Continue Reading

Breaking news: TJ Hughes to return to Middlesbrough as Metro Outlet makes way

Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011)

TJ Hughes is to reopen its store in Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Square, it has been confirmed.

The move comes almost exactly a year after the store … Continue Reading

Hammerson reveals Armani and Jamie’s Italian for Newcastle’s Monument Mall – then deletes it

Development work at Monument Mall (27 Jul 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Development work at Monument Mall (27 Jul 2012)

It seems that Hammerson, the owner of Newcastle’s Monument Mall, may have inadvertently revealed two of the tenants that it’s signed up for the redeveloped shopping centre.

Just on Monday, eagle-eyed retail enthusiast Mike Ho (@inmh88 on Twitter) … Continue Reading

Stunning new entrance planned for Newcastle’s Eldon Square

Leslie Jones Architecture's render of Eldon Square's Northumberland Street entrance

Leslie Jones Architecture’s render of Eldon Square’s Northumberland Street entrance

Plans to be officially unveiled later this week reveal that the Northumberland Street entrance to Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping centre is set to undergo a massive makeover.

The planning application for the … Continue Reading