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Old May 4th, 2011, 10:55 AM   #281
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by Peter McCusker, The Journal, May 4th 2011


LAND Securities, owner of the Bridges in Sunderland, has secured three new retailers for its shopping centre.

Handmade cosmetics company Lush has launched for the first time in Sunderland and taken a 1,000sq ft store on Walworth Way South on a 10-year deal.

Budget retailer Poundworld has also launched in the city for the first time taking a 9,000sq ft unit on Market Square Mall for 10 years.

Also Rejuvenate, a store that provides a pedicure using fish to nibble away the dead skin on customers’ feet, has opened on Walworth Way North Mall, signing a five-year deal.


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Good news that there are more Retailers opening in the City/Bridges, ------regarding the --Rejuvenate store, --I've read about this before, --wonder how many folk try this novel way of removing dead skin.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #282
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Retail on the rise in the centre of Sunderland
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, May 25th 2011



THE BRIDGES Shopping Centre owners - Land Securities - say the market is in recovery mode as new figures show shopper numbers at the Sunderland city centre retail site are 6% up on last year.

Land Securities last week reported a 15% rise in pre-tax profits to £1.2bn in the year to March 31. The group said it was looking for potential developments in London after accelerating its construction plans to build on a predicted surge in demand for office space.

Jonathan Buckle, Bridges portfolio manager, said: “We’ve welcomed 4.7m shoppers through the centre already this year – 6% higher than the same period last year.

“This demonstrates that listening to our customers, employing a robust asset management strategy and attracting new retailers into the scheme is going to be our recipe for success in 2011.

“Construction of our £15m, 60,000 sqft anchor Primark store will start on site in September, bringing with it in the region of 150 new jobs.

“We are at the final stages of a number of additional new deals and store upsizes, and expect to make further announcements shortly.”


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Very good news, ---it's good to see more Retailers coming in, ----- and there's also the new Primark store to be built later this year, cheers.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 11:51 AM   #284
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Retailers not happy in Durham Market Place area, --this from the Journal, --




Claims that Durham Market Place revamp is harming businesses

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A MULTI-MILLION project to modernise a historic city centre has been to the detriment of small businesses and shoppers, it is claimed.

Currently running months overdue, the works to Durham Market Place has been criticised by those based daily along the busy cobbled streets of the city hub.

And now the city’s MP Roberta Blackman-Woods has spoken out against the £5.5m project, voicing her disappointment and claiming long-suffering residents “haven’t been rewarded with the Market Place they deserve”.

The Heart of the City and Vennels project, which began last May, aimed to repair and improve the Market Place and nearby streets.

With vital renovation works to Framwellgate Bridge, new granite and sandstone paving, repairs to flagstones and modern seating pods installed, the revitalised centre was due to be completed in March.

But the project has been dogged by delays caused by severe weather during the winter, to the detriment, some say, of smaller businesses.

Barry Akins, owner of Akins Family Bakers based in Durham’s Indoor Market, said: “We’ve been here for more than a decade. This whole development has had an adverse effect on our business which I don’t think was taken into account before work started.




“We’ve noticed a drop in the number of customers we have, largely because the works outside are deterring people from coming into the Market Place.”


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Old May 26th, 2011, 01:56 PM   #285
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Disney and other Retailers in the Bridges are doing well, --this from the Sunderland Echo, --


Centre manager at the Bridges, Andy Bradley outside the Disney store which will be relocating to bigger premises.




Published on Thursday 26 May 2011 11:24



SUNDERLAND’S Disney store is no Mickey Mouse operation.


The Bridges shop has been such a success in the last two years that it is on the move to a bigger unit within the centre.

Other stores are also trading well and work is due to start in September on the new £15million Primark store, say bosses.

The news comes as Bridges owner Land Securities announced its annual results for the year to the end of March, which saw pre-tax profits rise by nearly 15 per cent.

Jonathan Buckle, centre portfolio manager, said: “We have made significant strides to enhance the shopping environment for our 21.2million shoppers within the Bridges and will continue to do so, despite the economic conditions.

“Construction of our £15million, 60,000sq ft anchor Primark store will start on site on September 1, bringing with it in the region of 150 new jobs.

“We have also received detailed planning permission for the redevelopment of our Market Square Mall Cafés and secured an additional deal with a coffee operator to bring them into Sunderland on a 15-year lease.

“We have secured a new 10-year deal with Disney for them to relocate to a larger, more prominent store due to the overwhelming success since its launch in 2009.

“Goldsmiths, and fashion retailer Tucci are also trading well and have extended leases as a result.

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Old May 31st, 2011, 09:47 AM   #286
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Regeneration plan ‘would harm rivals’
by Neil McKay, The Journal, May 31st 2011


PLANNING officers have embarked on a collision course with developers, local residents and politicians after recommending the refusal of a £24m development which would create 550 jobs in an unemployment blackspot.

Durham County Council officers are to recommend councillors refuse permission for the building of phase two of Dalton Park retail outlet, near Seaham, when they meet on June 7.

It follows a drawn out campaign by locals who see the development as a much-needed boost.

ING Real Estates, the owners of Dalton Park just off the A19, applied to the county council to build a five-screen cinema, hotel, pub, supermarket and restaurants on an underused part of the site.

Supporters of the scheme say they have already benefited from the opening of Dalton Park seven years ago, since when 500 people have been taken on. However, slow progress has brought accusations planners are “dragging their heels” over the issue.

Now that the application is due to be heard, officers have recommended its refusal on the grounds that it would have an “adverse impact” on nearby shopping centres at Seaham, Peterlee and Easington.


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Thanks for posting that link.

Interesting final paragraphs in that article for anyone in the Peterlee area.

It looks as though Tesco will win the race to build the second supermarket in Peterlee.

At last some competition for ASDA.

It will be interesting to see if Morrison's pursue their option for the North Blunts site.

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Old June 1st, 2011, 03:20 PM   #288
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Wonder if this Development will eventually get the nod, -----it has it's plus points, --although as most times, --there's always a down side, --there are fears from Retailers that they will suffer, ----wouldn't want to call this one.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 05:12 PM   #289
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I noticed a couple of planning applications for shop fitting on the Durham planning site today.

The first is for a Boots on the Durham City Retail Park.

The second is for a Jones Bootmakers in the Prince Bishops which will be the only outlet in the North East I believe unless there are other openings pending.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 11:47 AM   #290
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I noticed a couple of planning applications for shop fitting on the Durham planning site today.

The first is for a Boots on the Durham City Retail Park.

The second is for a Jones Bootmakers in the Prince Bishops which will be the only outlet in the North East I believe unless there are other openings pending.
Good to see there are Retailers still opening in our Towns and Cities at this time, --lets hope the trend continues, --cheers.
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This from the Sunderland Echo, --


Plea to pitch in with store plan


How the Morrison's store would look.




Published on Saturday 4 June 2011 10:32



A TOWN is being urged to back plans for a new supermarket – despite opposition from council officers.


Durham County Council’s planning committee will next week be recommended to approve two planing applications for supermarkets in Peterlee – but turn down a third.

Salford Estates has applied for outline permission to demolish existing buildings at the Castle Dene Shopping Centre and replace them with a food store and car park.

Meanwhile, Tesco wants to build a store with a replacement library on the former East Durham and Houghall Community College site in Burnhope Way.

Officers are recommending both schemes are granted when they are considered on Tuesday.

But an application that would see a Morrisons supermarket built on the site of the former North Blunts Primary School, in Tweed Close, is set to get the thumbs-down.

Officers are recommending councillors refuse the application because it is too far out and the other two sites are closer to the town centre.

“The site is situated outside the established town centre of Peterlee,” says the report. “It is considered that other sequentially preferable sites exist that would be more appropriate.”

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Jobs to be created as approval given to retail schemes
by Neil McKay, The Journal, June 8th 2011


MORE than 1,000 new jobs could be created at an unemployment blackspot after councillors approved three large retail schemes yesterday.

Durham County Council’s planning committee unanimously voted to overrule officers’ recommendations and approve an application for a new food hall, drive-through restaurant, pub/hotel, filling station and five-screen cinema at Dalton Park, by the A19 between Seaham and Murton.

The extension to the popular shopping centre will create 550 new jobs, the developers have pledged.

The committee also approved an application by Tesco to build a new store at nearby Peterlee, creating a further 400 jobs in an area decimated by the closure of the Durham coalfield almost 20 years ago.

Even more jobs will be created by the owners of Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee, who were granted permission to build a new 7,900 square metre food store.


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Looks like around a thousand jobs will be created, --that's good for the local people, ---but don't think retailers in Seaham will be happy though.
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Get in!! Of all the places I actually enjoying shopping it's Dalton Park, 15 minutes down the road and a refreshing outdoor shopping centre that's covered and some decent shops that sell decent stuff at decent prices & not these cheap tat shops that dominate Sunderland city centre.

And it's got a great little playground for the bairn while I have a coffee.
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Get in!! Of all the places I actually enjoying shopping it's Dalton Park, 15 minutes down the road and a refreshing outdoor shopping centre that's covered and some decent shops that sell decent stuff at decent prices & not these cheap tat shops that dominate Sunderland city centre.

And it's got a great little playground for the bairn while I have a coffee.
Very good news for the people around the area.
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I see Morrisons have taken on the old Netto (previously Kwik Save) at Castletown. Asda weren't allowed to keep that store, presumably because it's too close to their large Boldon store.

Interesting move for Morrisons, as it's a pretty small store for them. Wonder if they've got one eye on the old Storey's Carpets (now HSS/Carpetright) site becoming available and developing a larger store. North of Sunderland is badly served by Supermarkets, especially since the former Fine Fare at Southwick became Home Bargains - will never understand why a proper supermarket didn't want that site.

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Jobs to be created as approval given to retail schemes
by Neil McKay, The Journal, June 8th 2011


MORE than 1,000 new jobs could be created at an unemployment blackspot after councillors approved three large retail schemes yesterday.

Durham County Council’s planning committee unanimously voted to overrule officers’ recommendations and approve an application for a new food hall, drive-through restaurant, pub/hotel, filling station and five-screen cinema at Dalton Park, by the A19 between Seaham and Murton.

The extension to the popular shopping centre will create 550 new jobs, the developers have pledged.

The committee also approved an application by Tesco to build a new store at nearby Peterlee, creating a further 400 jobs in an area decimated by the closure of the Durham coalfield almost 20 years ago.

Even more jobs will be created by the owners of Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee, who were granted permission to build a new 7,900 square metre food store.


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We could do with new threads for all of these approved schemes at Dalton Park and in Peterlee. Does anyone have any further information/plans?

Does anyone know whether a supermarket has signed for the site at Dalton Park? I've found this webpage and image related to the Dalton Park expansion:
http://www.dalton-park.co.uk/index.p...eration&id=503
http://www.dalton-park.co.uk/pdf/doc...?documentId=35

The Peterlee Tesco is going to be one of the first "eco-stores" and will feature use of wind and water and feature a carpark underneath the store. I've created a map showing the extent of the site for the Pertelee Tesco:
http://goo.gl/maps/iA0W

I'm not sure if the Morrisons has been approved or rejected yet and not sure about the approved plans for the Castle Dene Shopping Centre which is to include another foodstore.
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I see Morrisons have taken on the old Netto (previously Kwik Save) at Castletown. Asda weren't allowed to keep that store, presumably because it's too close to their large Boldon store.

Interesting move for Morrisons, as it's a pretty small store for them. Wonder if they've got one eye on the old Storey's Carpets (now HSS/Carpetright) site becoming available and developing a larger store. North of Sunderland is badly served by Supermarkets, especially since the former Fine Fare at Southwick became Home Bargains - will never understand why a proper supermarket didn't want that site.
I heard someone mention last year that the Storeys Site might be something for Morrisons to look at, ---personally I doubt if this would happen--with the Tesco Development to go-ahead on the Retail Park, ---although you never know, --cheers.

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Thanks for the information Jet, -- I can't find anything regarding which Supermarket chain might have signed for the Dalton Park Development, ----and everything I know -- is what you have posted, -----but there's going to be a canny bit work in the next couple of years or so, --and many more jobs created, --so really good for that area, cheers.
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New home for Build-A-Bear Workshop at The Bridges
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, June 22nd 2011


THE owner of The Bridges shopping complex in Sunderland has secured a brace of new retailers for the centre.

Land Securities has announced that a Build-A-Bear Workshop will be opening its doors on Walworth Way North in a 3,000sqft unit this summer.

The company currently operates more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores around the world, but this will be the very first store in Sunderland and the third in the North East.

Babylon pedicure spa, a store that provides the now infamous fish pedicure, has opened this month in a 1,100sqft unit on Walworth Way North Mall.

It marks the first time a pedicure spa of this kind has opened in Sunderland.

The arrival of these retailers will bring in the region of 20 new jobs into the city.

These new deals follow in quick succession from Lush and Poundworld opening in the centre earlier in the year.

So far this year, the Bridges has welcomed 8.3 million shoppers through the centre – 6.3% higher than the same period last year.


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