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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #241
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Bridges Extension Approved

"Planning permission's been given for a £15m extension of The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland. The expansion plans mean a new Primary for the city centre, built on an extension in High Street West.

Andy Bradley, centre director for the Bridges, says:
“This is great news for shoppers.We have been working hand in hand with Sunderland City Council to ensure we brought the best plan to the table and it is fantastic that the green light has been given to our £15million expansion.”

Full article at http://www.metroradio.co.uk/Article....537&spid=25620

Looks like Sunderland will be getting a new Primark after all
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Old January 27th, 2011, 12:39 PM   #242
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Bridges Extension Approved

"Planning permission's been given for a £15m extension of The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland. The expansion plans mean a new Primary for the city centre, built on an extension in High Street West.

Andy Bradley, centre director for the Bridges, says:
“This is great news for shoppers.We have been working hand in hand with Sunderland City Council to ensure we brought the best plan to the table and it is fantastic that the green light has been given to our £15million expansion.”

Full article at http://www.metroradio.co.uk/Article....537&spid=25620

Looks like Sunderland will be getting a new Primark after all

This is very good news, --cheers marra.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #243
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This is very good news, --cheers marra.
It will be interesting to see who takes over the current Primark site (previously Woolworths), as it's a pretty big store.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #244
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It will be interesting to see who takes over the current Primark site (previously Woolworths), as it's a pretty big store.
I was thinking that too, Sunderland has most of the shops that would fill a store of that, possibly a relocation of a store from elsewhere in the city maybe?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #245
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I was thinking that too, Sunderland has most of the shops that would fill a store of that, possibly a relocation of a store from elsewhere in the city maybe?

The present TJ Hughes (above) is very cramped, so that would be a possible (and logical) relocator. It would also fit with Wilkinson (i.e. another discount retailer) being nearby.

Beyond that, it's pretty hard to think of any major retailers - new to the city or not - who might want a large store in that location.

Maybe a supersized Poundland, like in Scarborough's old Woolies?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #246
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Would the Primark site not be of interest to a supermarket such as Tesco or Iceland, as I understand it's Land Securities' strategy to ease the supermarkets out of the Bridges? If TJ Hughes took it (which I think is very unlikely), that would clear the way for the worst building in the city centre to be blown up.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #247
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If TJ Hughes took it (which I think is very unlikely), that would clear the way for the worst building in the city centre to be blown up.
That would be a bonus! It is a very unattractive building. What was in there before TJ Hughes? Was it Littlewoods or something?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #248
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That would be a bonus! It is a very unattractive building. What was in there before TJ Hughes? Was it Littlewoods or something?
It was indeed - for as long as I can remember. There was an Index catalogue section at the back as well. Older posters might know more about which, if any, tenants occupied it prior to Littlewoods.
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It was indeed - for as long as I can remember. There was an Index catalogue section at the back as well. Older posters might know more about which, if any, tenants occupied it prior to Littlewoods.

The original Buildings that stood on that site was the North End of Sunderland Railway Station, ---it was Demolished, --and Built over, --think early 60s, ---will have to check though.
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Walking through town yesterday it was nice to see the sparkling new JD and Bank units, with boards up at the old Barratts shop (H Samuel and Shakeaholic), and at the new Modelzone and Maplins stores. I was disappointed by Windows - although very welcome, it's clear it was a last minute arrangement to shift some CDs and DVDs in the run-up to Christmas, albeit one that might blossom into them taking a larger unit and stocking the kinds of things for which the Central Arcade shop is renowned.

To pick up on a general point made by YM about floor space and the shortage of larger floor plates in Sunderland deterring desirable retailers from committing to the city, why have Land Securities chopped so many larger Bridges stores in half? First there was the old Internacionale/Post Office unit, then the old Dorothy Perkins/MK One, now Barratts. I presume money is the answer, but it seems very short sighted if what YM has said is the case?
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Has started selling guitars

Think they have been fairly busy lately, suppose if they become established,--they could be looking for a larger unit.
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Morrisons hope to open a store in Peterlee on the site of the old North Blunts school: http://www.peterleemail.co.uk/news/l...omed_1_3043527

whether or not it'll come off is another matter however. This is the third plan for a big supermarket in the town in the past year following Tesco's plan at Burnhope Way and the town centres plan to create a new superstore where argos and sports direct are.
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Morrisons hope to open a store in Peterlee on the site of the old North Blunts school: http://www.peterleemail.co.uk/news/l...omed_1_3043527

whether or not it'll come off is another matter however. This is the third plan for a big supermarket in the town in the past year following Tesco's plan at Burnhope Way and the town centres plan to create a new superstore where argos and sports direct are.

This would be good news for the people of Petelee if it gets built ---also three hundred plus jobs would be very welcome for that area.
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The Bridges shopping Centre had their most successful Christmas on record, ---with more than ---two million shoppers visiting in December, ---excellent news for retailers.
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The Bridges shopping Centre had their most successful Christmas on record, ---with more than ---two million shoppers visiting in December, ---excellent news for retailers.
Probably had something to do with people not being able to drive to the Metrocentre due to the bad weather just before Christmas.
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The new Wilkinsons store which is due to open in the Gates shopping Centre Durham, --will create 59 jobs, ---I read that at the weekend, -- there was over a thousand people queued in the hope of getting a job.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #257
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The new Wilkinsons store which is due to open in the Gates shopping Centre Durham, --will create 59 jobs, ---I read that at the weekend, -- there was over a thousand people queued in the hope of getting a job.
It's terribly sad, isn't it? Rather gives the lie to Osborne's idea that everyone on benefits is irresponsible and workshy. Particularly in areas like ours, many more people are victims of the system, not the cause of the problem.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 11:10 AM   #258
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Empty shops survey doesn't tell full story
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, February 15th 2011


LEADING retail property experts have questioned the findings of a report which shows that one in six of all shops on North East high streets are now vacant.

The report says town centre vacancy rates in the UK rose from 12% at the end of 2009, to 14.5% at the end of 2010 and shows that vacancy rates are higher in the North of England than the South.

And experts at the Local Data Company (LDC), which produced the report, claim some high streets will never return to their pre-recession days.

Their findings show that in the North East vacancy rates in the larger towns and cities including Newcastle are around 19% with Sunderland and Middlesbrough faring worst with 20.8% and 20.4%, respectively, now empty.

However, Bob Fletcher at property agents Sanderson Weatherall, an expert on the region’s retail scene, questioned the findings, saying retail in the North East performed better last year than in 2009.

“I am very surprised vacancy rates in this survey have gone up. In my view the market in the North East has improved in the last 12 months.


Read More (Two Page Article) - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business...1140-28171259/
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Old February 15th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #259
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I watched a piece on the news saying similar, ---they were saying that the North and North East, and Midland areas were hit the most regarding empty premises, ----but some people in these areas were saying quite the opposite.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:41 PM   #260
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I read something last year about the North East, Black Country and Kent being the worst for occupancy rates - the last one was a bit of a surprise but apparently it's primarily the faded seaside resorts that boost the Kent figures. As we know, most seaside resorts, north and south, suffer particular problems all of their own. I'll see if I can find an article somewhere.
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