Category: Shopping Centres

Inside the new Psyche fashion store in Durham (12 Apr 2018). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

What’s been happening in the North East’s retail centres? Here’s your round-up of April’s important developments

From designer fashion store Psyche opening in Durham to the city’s M&S closing, April saw plenty of interesting developments in North East bricks-and-mortar retail. Read the latest updates here, as a sample of what you can find in the May issue of my monthly Soult’s Retail Report.

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Holding page of Pep&Co website 1

Middlesbrough among the first locations for new value fashion chain Pep&Co


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Few consumers will have heard of it yet – for one thing, there’s no Twitter or Facebook presence that I can see – but new value...

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Soon-to-be Poundland in St George's Way (19 May 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Poundland to take Eldon Square spot next to Waitrose


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If you’ve passed through the St George’s Way mall of Newcastle’s Eldon Square in the last few days, you’ll have noticed new hoardings around the three...

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Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

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


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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...

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Closed Moffees at Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014) 1

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


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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...

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Hoardings outside Metrocentre Lego Store site (6 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

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


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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...

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Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

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


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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...

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Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

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


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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...

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Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

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


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Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years...

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Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication


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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...

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Scheme signage at Trinity Square, Gateshead (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

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


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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...

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Bewick Way, connecting Trinity Square with Jackson Street in Gateshead (21 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Sports Direct heads tenant list for Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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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...

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Jack Wills, Exeter (9 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Jack Wills “agrees terms” on Newcastle Monument Mall store


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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...

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