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@wilfburnsfan, I don't mean the one outside the Civic Centre that is donated by Oslo; that is really simple and attractive. I mean the one that is beside the Haymarket Hub / Metro Station.
 

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I'm sure when the Co-op (i worked there during the last Christmas it was open) we're deciding what to do before the closed the department store section and just kept the supermarket, they was talk of turning it into flats aswell as another department store etc. However, NCC had changed there policy towards apartments and that effectively ended that possible scenario.

Also the render of the glass front and possible demolition is actually the least probable thing to happen as the building is listed, is a huge building and doesnt happen to be in a little accessed area of the city, where arsons of buildings have occurred in the past.
 

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I'm sure the sign will replaced, just wish M&S would do something to the facade of their store. Maybe Ashlar Sandstone Panels similar to TimeCentral with bronze panelling and larger windows, wouldn't be a massive job (considering the amount they've spent on the interiors of the stores over the past 30 years) but would improve the appearance of the store and the streetscape.
 

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I agree with the last 2 comments, theres not really a bad part of Grainger Street, unlike say Clayton Street. However, a poor section of the street i'd say is from Greggs/KFC to the Xmas Box/Old Tucci Store. The Station end has really improved in the past 2-3 years with decent customer focused, specialist stores.
 

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As from the previous comments, the collectables store is in the old Littlewoods store now owned by M&S. So obviously nothing is going to happen with regards to redevelopment of the site. Although I do feel that Northumberland Street is starting to turn a corner after some pretty poor years, most of the crap years actually seemed to be during the supposed 'good times'. In the bad times retail in Newcastle seems to have improved, especially with the ESS redevelopment even if the process began before the problems.
 

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I agree with everyones views on independents etc, but obv unlike Nationals who just look at retail statistics, rents and potential revenues; Independents are harder as by their very nature are independent and are a risky venture and in these uncertain times I can understand why they havent opened on masse.

With regard to Krispy Kreme, I think I may have been spoiled by the fact that the dozen or more times i've had them, they've been bought from Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street. I used to drag the ex girlfriend away from the clothes to the food hall just to buy a box of 12 and eat half of them on the train ride back haha.
 

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Yeah I always support local ind's if possible. However, I also don't have a problem with Greggs or Starbucks; as one is local albeit large company and I like Starbucks in comparison with others (i'm sure someone will say Pumphreys is amazing and Starbucks tastes like Piss, but I also dislike the other coffee nationals coffee Nero, Costa and Pret).
 

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I'm not sure but I don't think we (most of the Newcastle Forumers) fit the Forever 21 demographic, whereas I think the MC caters perfectly for them. Me personally would rather have Urban Outfitters in town and F21 in the MC, rather than the other way round.
 

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@paddy, i may be wrong but i think Forever21 (like Monsoon which had a separate store Monsoon Men) is purely a womens fashion store, so i don't think unless i've guessed your gender wrong that it won't be for you.
 

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Its wierd because of the bricks being setback and the architects utilising them, it looks as if thats how it always has been and the glass has just been renewed. I walk past this everyday from work and its just improved the streetscape immensely.

Now if CSC can demolish Sports Direct (I know its valuable retail space and will never happen) then Percy Street will be something that I wouldn't be ashamed to show people. But in reality just renew the pavements underneath the store, more lighting (use lights that give off white light, H&M uses it in its N'land Street store interiors above the rails and looks like real light acting like a clerestory) and cordinating wall and ceiling materials.
 

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Went into Next in town today, well walked through it from Gallowgate haha. Really impressive, wouldnt believe it was the same dreary Arcadia mess it was. Why they didnt redevelop it years ago is beyond me, everything just seems more efficient, practical and better for customers.
 

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From a quick google search and our Graham's (Soults) blog; feel like Cilla on Blind Date.

"I, for one, had not appreciated until now that the MVC / Green Market site is not an integral part of the Eldon Square mall, but instead is under the entirely separate ownership of Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd."

So it seems like the rest of the mall is owned by CSC, but not the end building now occupied by Urban Outfitters.
 

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Went into Guess in ESS today for the first and probably last time, but everything was for sale. Didn't look long for this world, anyone know if they can opt of their lease early, depending on how long they took.
 
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