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I don't like these types of bridges, with a passion, but maybe if it had happened, the Department Store would have (effectively) become part of Eldon Square!!
Missed the boat on this one IMHO - if this was to be contemplated it should have been done during the recent revamp of that end of ESSC - not sure the business's that have located to St Andrews Way would welcome the disruption/closure that the building of a link bridge would bring.

Not really appreciated the size of the Co-op buildings footprint until I looked on Google Earth - quite a chunk of real estate.

 

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Millets has a closing down sale! This only opened on the corner of Graniger/ Market Street before xmas and it is closing already? Can't be surely- they must have spent a canny bit of cash to merge the two units and fitting it out- it looked half empty of stock already. Unless of course it will be Blacks in a few weeks time. I hope it isnt going to close- Envy unit is sitting empty- no To Let sign on it yet though.
I'm sure I read in the press that its not actually closing as such, just changing its name to the Parent Company BLACKS. I was in today, there is 30% off everything slightly grabbed my attention but what they have in the store now, compared to when they first opened is NOT the same- i.e. non of the top brands such as Berghaus, North Face etc, just the likes of Peter Storm.
 

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As it happens I don't. The only ones I know about where Central, Denton Burn, Tynemouth, Carlisle, the replacement store in Heaton, and the extension at Monkseaton/Whitley Bay. I was informed though that there would be a few opening this year and this is expected to be a big year for Sainsbury's in the North East, especially in the Newcastle area.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sainsbury's made moves/attempts into North Shields and Wallsend. Though I have to stress nothing of the sort has been mentioned, it's just I get the feeling that they really are pressing hard for expansion in the area.
Whitley Bay Guardian news paper reported this week that 60 new staff have been employed as a result of the extension to the West Monkseaton Sainsbury's store. 55 being part time posts and 5 are full time.
 

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It's being renamed Blacks.
I see that this Planning Application was granted to change the brand external signage to BLACKS :

2011/0035/01/LBC | Listed Building Application: Erection of 2 aluminium halo illuminated lettering fascia signs, finished white and installation of 1 externally illuminated projecting sign. | 35 - 37 Market Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6JE
 

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Erm, I thought Collectables was just full of ceramic tat?
This from the COLLECTABLES web site @ http://collectables.co.uk/about-us.html

About us
It’s 1986; the fallout from the miner’s strike of 1984 has caused the closure of a chain of off license stores, owned by a Mr Philip Lewis. Jobless and with only £100 in his pocket he sets about renting a barrow in the infamous Metro Centre. On here he sells small gift items and inexpensive toys that children would collect. Although slow at first, business picks up and soon enough Mr Lewis acquires a second barrow. Then he has an idea about turning his barrows into Geordie barrows. He suggests this to his local supplier, and before long the Geordie passport, driving license and marriage certificate are born. As there are only two colours required for these products (black and white) the production costs are low, boosting his profit margin.

Later the Antiques Village is created within the Metro Centre. The idea here is to provide an opportunity to starter businesses. An opportunity Mr Lewis couldn’t pass up. As the units are already decorated the initial setting up costs are low. His son David, 16 at the time, expresses an interest in joining his dad in the family business, while wife Barbara volunteers to do the paperwork.

Collectables is born!


His simply but clever philosophy that customers would keep coming back to add to their collection of PenDelfin or Lilliput Lane was the very foundation of this thriving business.

With business growing well, Mr Lewis sets about locating a unit for an additional branch. The theory here was that with two stores, there would a greater chance of being noticed by passers by, i.e. greater coverage. The Garden Walk branch was soon opened in 1989. The theory worked with business booming in the Antiques Village branch. Eventually the Company became so successful that it wasn’t long before a new store, the Galleria branch was opened. This became the flagship store and prompted a change in strategy and the dawn of a specialist cookware store. With this branch, Oven To Table, stocking items not found in the Galleria branch, business continued to grow.

1994 saw the opening of the Alnwick branch, the first with a fully licensed restaurant.

1995 saw the opening of the Stockton branch, the UK’s first independent out of town glass and china store. This was the biggest store at this time, and many were unsure how successful it would be. Philip Lewis hoped that the Stockton store would fill a gap in the market, and he was right, as the store was an instant success. However disaster struck just four months after the opening of the store when fire tore through the building, destroying much of the stock, and creating chaos at the busiest time of the year. Staff however rallied together and open the store just five days later, to ensure trading continued during the Christmas period. The following year in 1996 the Stockton branch was given a complete refit, including a new floor for a restaurant. It was reopened with the help of some fire fighters in March that year. Although the fire was costly because of the damage it caused, the publicity created by this event put Collectables on the map, and attracted a lot more business.

In September 1999 the Newcastle branch was finally opened, and for the Lewis family this was a realisation of a dream. This 22,000 square feet store became the flagship store, and is still the biggest to date. Just like the Stockton and Alnwick branches it to has a restaurant.

Following this more stores were opened, Sunderland in 2000, Harrogate 2001 and Carlisle in 2006. Our first clearance store opened in 2009 in the region's premier 'Outlet Centre' at Dalton Park on the A19 close to Murton. This focuses on manufacturer end of lines and products from our own stores. Customers are always sure of a bargain.

Famous brand handbags and jewellery have become a significant success over recent years, so in 2008 we decided to give special focus by opening a unit dedicated totally to this sector. Collections opened in April 2008 and is located in the Metro Centre's newly refurbished, prestigious Yellow Mall.

Mandale Furniture has been the retail neighbour of our Stockton store since it's opening in 1995. We were pleased to welcome mandale and it's team into the Collectables family on the retirement of Mandale's founder in October 2008.

Mandale has a floor area of 23,000 sq ft closely matching that of Collectables Stockton. It has a proud history of supply in the region with the finest lounge, cabinet and bedroom furniture.

In all the Collectables family of stores consists of 10 outlets, not bad when you think it al started with just £100 and a barrow.
 

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the one in Washington Galleries didn't last long and was empty last time I was there
Perhaps the next step from those shops which used to offer treatment using Toxin Foot Spa's?

Mind I might pop down to the newly opened "piranha" shop in Whitley Bay as I have lots of dry skin on my injured leg due to not having stood on it for 5 weeks. :eek:hno:
 

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how we going to get a shop front like that? Its a 1960 concrete block with no former of ff frontage.

the entrance is the frontage.......maybe they will jazz the lift and escalator up.
Planning Application lodged with NCC as 2011/0405/01/DET | Alterations to entrance including recladding | Collectables 38 Northumberland Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7DE - see http://planningapplications.newcast...s.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LI1ZGMBS05000

Proposed shop frontage @ http://planningapplications.newcast...CE176838AE61445B99541/pdf/document-245519.pdf

But don't get excited - just a change to the signage by the looks of it :eek:hno:
 

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I've finally heard about the Sainsbury's in Shieldfield. The reason I couldn't get any information was because Sainsbury's are classing it as Sandyford.

No expected opening date for the Central station anymore, a slight change in the planning application has went to he council and other than management no staff have been hired for the store. Tynemouth's Broadway store is expected to open May. Do not expect Sainsbury's to be interested the Tynemouth station store, instead expect M&S, Waitrose, Tesco's, and possibly Asda local to be interested.

On the subject of Asda local, I can confirm the current Netto's in North Shields will become and Asda local and will not be sold on.
Wonder if this Sainsbury's is going to be located in the Student Accomodation on the site of the former Shieldfield Club?
 

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GrahamSoult said:
Ambitious Tyne Bridge mall plans to be unveiled

The retail hearts of Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be connected by a new £200m shopping mall, running the length of the iconic Tyne Bridge.

The scheme will involve building a new modern steel and glass structure underneath the existing road deck, providing a covered mall route between the Newcastle and Gateshead sides, and affording panoramic views over the existing developments at Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays.

Full story: http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/2011/04/01/ambitious-tyne-bridge-mall-plans-to-be-unveiled/
Well that will sort the Kittiwake problem out then ;-)
 

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Good one though :laugh:

Well done Graham!!
Years ago, when I was but a young gullible lad, there was a news item on one of the local TV stations showing a clip of a local guy who had taught his pigeons to fly backwards. This really impressed me and I was raving about it at work the next day, that was until reality hit when someone explained that the day before was 1st April and that the footage had simply been reversed :nuts:
 

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Anybody know when this Sainsburys is going to open in the Central station?

Tried searching the forum but this thread is too long to look through every page...and still be in a relationship:)
Slight movement on this - NCC Planning Application 2010/1693/02/LBC

http://planningapplications.newcast...s.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LJ6IPWBS0DL00

Submission of details of photographic survey to comply with condition 3 of permission 2010/1693/01/LBC dated 28.01.2011: Listed Building Application: Internal and external alterations including removal and installation of partitions, installation of glazed sliding doors to Neville Street and platform elevations, vinyl to windows, illuminated signs to windows and replacement of hanging sign to platform as supplemented by information received 22 December and drawing received 12 January 2011 and amended by drawings received 21 and 26 January 2011. | Newcastle Central Station Neville Street Newcastle upon Tyne
 

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Also the above talk got me thinking, wouldn't the 55 degrees/Lineker's site be ideal for a change of usage to another small Supermarket? Would certainly fill in a gap and the site is obviously no good for a bar being in the no mans land it is...

Another Sainsburys maybe, to compete with the Tesco behind the courts?
Going back to its roots when the Royal Arcade facsimile contained a number of retail outlets which attracted workers from Swan House and All Saints, plus those signing on the dole :)
 

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All I can remember from that period (early 90s) was a small cafe/sandwich bar, where I would treat myself to a post-signing-on bacon sarnie. I can't remember any other units in use - though maybe my need for bacon blotted them from memory.
There was also a newsagents that I can remember as well as the sarnie shop - I'm sure there were others but certainly lots of the available units remained boarded up for the life time of the 'Arcade'.
 

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Interesting that you should mention that Seamaster, as I have disliked every "bridge over a street" that I have ever come across. Then, I recently came across this article (from May 1986, in the 'City News') where it explained (and I remember this) that this bridge and underpass would be different from any other that we had previously seen in Newcastle.

Quoting from the below article :

Has the look of Eldon Gardens to a certain degree and is one of the many areas of ESSC that could be improved :bash:
 

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Don't know if the video made by the stall holders in the Grainger Market has been linked before, but in case it hasn't . . .


Working with choreographer Catherine Dufton, the stall holders of Grainger market devised choreographic routines. It is an idea from Anton Hecht who editied the work. Grainger Market is a Victorian market in central Newcastle upon tyne and is well worth a visit. The idea for the project arose from watching classic tv such as Morcambe and Wise breakfast sketch and the bugs bunny cartoon where he washes Elmo fudds hair. The work was supported by Newcastle City Council. The music is Rossini and is Royalty Free. Distributed by Tubemogul.
 
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