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Old April 11th, 2012, 11:54 AM   #4901
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Don't think you can tell with BHS until the cladding is finished but so far looking good. Northumberland street is going to be vastly improved with this, Primark, ex Littlewoods building and Monument Mall. If only M&S would re-clad what is one of their flagship stores - something similar to the cladding on the M&S Westfield Stratford would look fantastic.
I think M&S looks rather smart, the best modern building on Northumberland Street - all it needs is a bit of a clean (and to persuade the neighbours to get rid of the wonky sign).
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:07 PM   #4902
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I think M&S looks rather smart, the best modern building on Northumberland Street - all it needs is a bit of a clean (and to persuade the neighbours to get rid of the wonky sign).

I agree entirely, the Northumberland Street M&S is one of that streets best modern buildings . . .



Modern buildings coming together from different modern-eras, are what makes Northumberland Street the very visually interesting "shopping street" (choc-full of a variety of buildings, all purely designed to SELL things in) that it is today!

It is the "mix" of building styles and eras in any street that makes an ancient/modern City Centre into an interesting, continually evolving and exciting place, visually maintaining a record of its past, while continuing to use its buildings (and its new/additional buildings) for successful modern-day purposes.

I do not feel that modern buildings need to be totally replaced, refurbished or reclad on a regular basis, to remain modern, vibrant and appropriate to their surroundings!

The overall streetscape is what matters, in my view.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #4903
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Any news on the opening date for Forever 21 in the Metrocentre?
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #4904
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Gateshead Tesco mailout


I received a mailout from Tesco in the post today. Interestingly, it's promoting a free bus that will run every hour from the centre of Gateshead to the store in Chester-le-Street.

Oh, and it puts the temporary store in the wrong place on the map

More and image source: http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/20...-to-poundland/
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:51 PM   #4905
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What use is a bus if your coming back with bags and bags of shopping?
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Old April 13th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #4906
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Spent a few hours in Morpeth today. It was a sad thing to see so many empty premises on Newgate Street, and that's not counting Appleby's, which is having a assive closing down sale.* Despite my earlier post on Appleby's, it may not be Sanderson Arcade and Waterstones entirely to blame, though W'stones must surely have been the final straw. We ca only hope that Rutherfords and the wonderful ironmongers on Bridge Street make it through the apocalypse.

* Got two excellent books on urbanism, greatly reduced from the list price (I'd imagine) and a fiver each. Then the lady on the till said it was a fiver the lot - that the 'half price' advertised applied also to the red reduced sticker prices. I felt almost guilty paying them.

Mind you, they had so much obscure stock- lots of Americana including several shelves on baseball - that one can appreciate that the business model was fairly idiosyncratic. but I'd rather not get books for a fiver the pair (when the retail price must be north of forty or fifty quid) and still have Appleby's.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 02:25 PM   #4907
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You get less shopping, more often
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:26 PM   #4908
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I received a mailout from Tesco in the post today. Interestingly, it's promoting a free bus that will run every hour from the centre of Gateshead to the store in Chester-le-Street.
Interesting. I spoke with someone from the store in 2007 and they told me they were going to do a bus to a closer Tesco (possibly South Shields, which wasn't complete then). I guess plans changed, and people can take the Metro to go to SS or Kingston Park.

Seems to me people living in Chester-le-Street will be able to commute to Gateshead for free. I wonder how that will work out.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #4909
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Interesting. I spoke with someone from the store in 2007 and they told me they were going to do a bus to a closer Tesco (possibly South Shields, which wasn't complete then). I guess plans changed, and people can take the Metro to go to SS or Kingston Park.

Seems to me people living in Chester-le-Street will be able to commute to Gateshead for free. I wonder how that will work out.
Think a tesco receipt for that particular day may come into it

Cannot see Tesco providing a free service

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Old April 14th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4910
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Barry and Bobby on Darn Crook have bitten the dust.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #4911
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Though that is at least 50% right, you might want to re phrase it

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Old April 15th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #4912
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Interesting. I spoke with someone from the store in 2007 and they told me they were going to do a bus to a closer Tesco (possibly South Shields, which wasn't complete then). I guess plans changed, and people can take the Metro to go to SS or Kingston Park.

Seems to me people living in Chester-le-Street will be able to commute to Gateshead for free. I wonder how that will work out.
Is there a Tesco in South Shields? (not the piddly sized ones in Simonside and the Nook).
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Old April 16th, 2012, 02:05 AM   #4913
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I'm not sure if Greg Stone comes on here anymore but if he does I wonder if he can answer a question.

I know he's against betting shops, sex shops etc all taking over retail in the city and surrounding towns. The question is though is there a way Newcastle city council could make it a law (at least in the councils own area) that prohibits the amount of bookies etc in one area or opening up?

I know North Tyneside council have been successful in not allowing any more licences being granted in Whitley Bay for pub and clubs, I'm not sure if it holds up to law though.

Is their something similar NCC could do to stop the spread of bookies etc from taking over?
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #4914
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I've never understood the attitude of this country regarding sex shops and bookmakers. Those businesses employ people, pay business rates etc ... surely they're preferable to empty units and boarded-up shop-fronts?
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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #4915
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Yes Seamaster I agree. I mean it's not bit like book makers/ Tesco's/ sex shops are buying up all the retail units and other businesses can't get a place in the city centre- there are empty units Everywhere! If ladbrokes or whoever think they can make money by opening a new shop good luck to them.
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Agree on all of the above, except the betting shops. They open multiple units to circumvent laws on the number of gaming machines. Three Ladbrokes shop on one street just looks silly, limits retail diversity and discourages other businesses opening up nearby.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 03:39 PM   #4917
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Yes Seamaster I agree. I mean it's not bit like book makers/ Tesco's/ sex shops are buying up all the retail units and other businesses can't get a place in the city centre- there are empty units Everywhere! If ladbrokes or whoever think they can make money by opening a new shop good luck to them.
I'm not against them, in fact I'm quite a liberal person. Bookies are over running the high sweet though. I don't think I've came across a sex shop that was in a family orientated area before (that would be my only concern on that matter). Tesco's has a domination in a lot areas which is a growing concern. My point was mainly at how many bookies there is in small areas and how a bookmaker can have 2 or more outlets so close to each other.

I do think that theirs enough strip clubs and even clubs in general in Newcastle now. I don't believe in putting certain types of business' down but I do believe their should be a restrictions in some areas of retailing, be it gambling, porn shops, strip clubs, clubs where their is too many in one area.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #4918
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The Ammount of bookies in Newcastle Citty centre is now getting out of hand, In one small area alone the East Claton St, Nunn St, Nelson St grainger street block there are at least ten betting shops, Ladbokes allone have five outlets in this small area, and this is just one small block.

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I agree the number of betting shops in such a small vicinity is staggering. But, like the equally unfairly-maligned Tesco, if they weren't profitable they wouldn't be there. Simple as that. And each one is providing employment, paying taxes etc.

Having said that, it's only a matter of time before online gambling does for betting shops what digital media is doing for the likes of Waterstones, Game and HMV.
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The Ammount of bookies in Newcastle Citty centre is now getting out of hand, In one small area alone the East Claton St, Nunn St, Nelson St grainger street block there are at least ten betting shops, Ladbokes allone have five outlets in this small area, and this is just one small block.
At least it Probably only looks bad to us haha.I'm sure a tourist or visitor to the city would not take any notice of them shops and it would just look the norm of any city for them
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