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Old January 19th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #41
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I have heard rumours that Wetherspoons have bought the old cinema site in Morpeth (Szoda/Suburban), anyone able to shed any light?
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Old January 24th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #42
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I have heard rumours that Wetherspoons have bought the old cinema site in Morpeth (Szoda/Suburban), anyone able to shed any light?
I hope so, that place is perfect for it and is always dead.

Will be huge though, it's almost 2 seperate places (bar downstairs/club upstairs so not sure how they'll adapt it).
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Old January 24th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #43
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I think Szoda closed down last year at some point as it is shuttered up now! Potential to be a bit of an eyesore if its not turned into something!
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #44
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Heard it on good authority that Wetherspoons have definitely bought this site.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #45
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Heard it on good authority that Wetherspoons have definitely bought this site.
Yes its to be called The Electrical Wizard - according to the Pubs Facebook page:

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This JDW pub on the site of the former szoda bar was named after Dr Walford Brodie who was know as 'The Electrical Wizard of the North' , the scots born entertainer was famous for 'shocking' magic tricks using electricity and even an electric chair and was the star turn at the Coliseum through out the 1930's
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #46
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Yes its to be called The Electrical Wizard - according to the Pubs Facebook page:
Thanks for that Steve... I know people have mixed opinions about Wetherspoons but I always enjoy a drink in them and this opening in Morpeth will definitely make me visit more.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 02:56 PM   #47
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Baby wear boom in store at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade

Up market maternity and baby wear specialist JoJo Maman Bébé has chosen Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade as the location for its first store in the North East.

JoJo Maman Bébé is taking one of the four new units which have just been completed in the piazza area of the Arcade. This latest phase of the development represents a £3.5 million investment in Morpeth bringing up to 50 new jobs.

Fit out work on the Morpeth store, which covers 1,550 sq ft, starts next week and shoppers will be able to buy the fantastic range of high quality maternity, nursery, baby and pre-school children’s wear when it opens at the end of March.

JoJo was launched in Wales in 1993 and now has 32 stores across the country as well as a successful online and mail order business.

With the majority of its stores traditionally based in London and the South, the company has recently chosen a number of key locations in the North, including the new Morpeth store - The closest outlets are in Scotland and Harrogate.

Laura Tenison MBE, founder and MD of JoJo said: “We are aware that the brand is already well known in the North East with a large number of loyal online customers and I am delighted to be opening our first store in the area.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 01:32 AM   #48
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The Electrical Wizard opens 15th March according to website!
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Old February 5th, 2011, 02:07 AM   #49
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Is there any plans to extend Sanderson Arcade further or have they ran out of available space now?
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Old February 5th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #50
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Morpeth 'singled out' for grim news, says MP
by William Green, The Journal, February 5th 2011


A NORTH East town has been “singled out” by the Government for a triple-whammy of blows, its MP claims.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery spoke out after the Government announced a decision on a bypass scheme was being delayed until the end of the year – with no guarantee that it will go ahead.

The news comes in the wake of Morpeth’s £17m flood defence scheme being thrown into doubt by cuts imposed by the Government. Work on the project was supposed to get under way in December 2011 and be finished in late 2013.

The Labour MP also fears the impact of spending cuts on employment in the town, with half of Morpeth’s workers employed by the public sector.

Mr Lavery said: “Morpeth seems to have been targeted more than anywhere else in the North East. It seems to be singled out.”


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Old February 5th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #51
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There was an article in The Guardian's Society supplement on Morpeth the other day. Apparently it has the highest percentage of public sector (or public sector contract-dependent) employees in England.

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Old February 5th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #52
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Hardly surprising as it's a small county town in a huge county. Going to be a hard time for the town but I suppose at least in it's favour it has good communication and transport links so it's residents have easy access to jobs in Newcastle etc.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #53
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Anyone heard anything about Wetherspoons moving into the upstairs of the old Co-Op department store in Ashington?
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It would be good if correct, but it's very close to the Rohan Kanhai.

I had read (some time last year) that two brothers wanted to open a supermarket/convenience store downstairs and have the upstairs as a hall to hire out to groups.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 10:57 PM   #55
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It would be good if correct, but it's very close to the Rohan Kanhai.

I had read (some time last year) that two brothers wanted to open a supermarket/convenience store downstairs and have the upstairs as a hall to hire out to groups.
They'd be closing that one. It would be right next door so it would be a bit too close.
The two brothers have bought it and they are in the middle of converting it.
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The Rohan isn't the best, a bit of a stock wetherspoons very similar to the Consett pub so it would definitely be an improvement.
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Rutherfords of Morpeth plans to expand
The Journal, February 15th 2011


A Department Store which has traded in the centre of a Northumberland town for more than 150 years has plans to expand by a third.

Rutherfords of Morpeth has applied for planning permission to Northumberland County Council to extend its store to create an extra 8,000sq metres of floor space. But the upmarket store, which opened on the town’s Bridge Street in 1846, said it will wait until the economy improves before moving ahead with the project which it says will lead to the creation of 10 jobs.

Richard Rutherford, owner and managing director, said he believes there will still be tough times ahead for businesses, but believes retailers have to be prepared to take advantage of the upturn in the economy when it eventually happens.

“At the end of the recession you have to be a fit company so that you can take advantage of the upturn in the economy.”


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Old February 16th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #58
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The old Co-op looks much nicer with new windows upstairs.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 10:18 AM   #59
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Leaders clash over Ashington Leisure Centre
by David Black, The Journal, March 3rd 2011



POLITICAL opponents have clashed over the future of an ageing Northumberland sports centre, after council bosses admitted money has not yet been officially allocated to rebuild it.

Liberal Democrat leaders at the county council last week said that £15m had been found to rebuild Ashington Leisure Centre, and that the scheme had been put in the authority’s capital programme.

Now they have clarified the situation by admitting that the project does not have funding allocated to it at the present time.

Yesterday council leader Jeff Reid said the Ashington rebuild is on the authority’s “long list” of capital schemes which it intends to carry out, and has an indicative price tag of £15m.

However, it is not included in the capital budget for 2011/12 and is currently “unfunded” – while remaining a major aspiration for the council.


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Old March 3rd, 2011, 02:51 PM   #60
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All change at Sanderson Arcade as staff gear up for a busy Springtime !

There are some exciting changes in store at Sanderson Arcade as the Morpeth shopping centre gets ready for a hectic spring time.

JoJo Maman Bebe and Monsoon are both due to open at the town centre Arcade in March - they’re currently fitting out their new stores in the development’s phase two which has been built on the site of the former Comrades Club.

And the jeweller’s Facets, the sister store to The Jewellers Guild who are based at the Bridge Street entrance to the Arcade, are also on the move and relocating to a currently empty unit at the Market Place in Morpeth.

With two further retailers due to be announced soon staff at the centre are gearing up for a busy few weeks!

Debbie Anderson, Centre Manager, said: “We are delighted that Facets are staying in the town and we wish the company all the best with their move. We can’t announce at this stage who is moving into their unit along the Arcade but watch this space !

“We are looking forward to a very busy few months with the opening of Monsoon and JoJos who are fantastic additions to our line up here at the Arcade.”
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http://www.sandersonarcade.co.uk/new...gtime+%21.html

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Mountain Warehouse Pitches Up in Morpeth Ready for Spring

Outdoor clothing and equipment specialist Mountain Warehouse is taking a 2,800 sq ft unit at Morpeth’s award winning Sanderson Arcade development.

The retailer joins JoJo Maman Bébé and Monsoon in the phase two line up of the successful town centre development which opened in November 2009.

Mountain Warehouse, which has 120 stores across the UK and Ireland, is currently fitting out in Morpeth ready to open in March. Founded in 1997 with its first store in Swindon, the company stocks a fantastic range of outdoor clothing and equipment with some great deals and special offers.
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http://www.sandersonarcade.co.uk/new...r+Spring+.html

Monsoon open at Sanderson Arcade on Wednesday 23rd March.
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