Second Tyneside Apple Store to open at MetroCentre
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Just three months after opening a new store in the St Andrew’s Way extension of Eldon Square, I understand that Apple is poised to open a second Tyneside shop at the MetroCentre in Gateshead.
I’m not aware that anything has yet been announced officially, but anyone looking for retail opportunities on the Jobs at Apple website is given the option of MetroCentre as a future store opening (screenshot below).
This is undoubtedly good news for MetroCentre, and will go some way in countering the scepticism – from me, and others – about the mall’s ability to attract and retain more upmarket names. It also suggests that the Eldon Square Apple Store must be meeting or exceeding expectations, given that there would be little point in opening a second store if it risked dangerously cannibalising the first.