Just took some pics tonight of the new Eldon Square - quality isn't great as they were only on my phone! It does all look good at night though - arguably better than in the daylight
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/02/16/thousands-expected-at-opening-of-new-eldon-square-mall-61634-25841665/Thousands expected at opening of new Eldon Square mall
THE opening of a new shopping centre in Newcastle today looks set to cement the city’s reputation as one of the North’s biggest retail destinations.
Thousands of shoppers are expected to pack into the new St Andrew’s Way mall in Eldon Square, which will open its doors to the public for the first time this morning. The grand opening, which will see the unveiling of shops like the Apple store and one of the biggest Debenhams outlets in the country, is the final part of a £170m, five-year redevelopment programme for the 34-year-old centre. When it first opened in 1976 Eldon Square was the biggest indoor shopping mall in Britain, though it was later overtaken by centres like Gateshead’s Metrocentre and Meadowhall in Sheffield. Now, following the redevelopment, Eldon Square looks set to cement its status as one of the country’s largest city centre shopping centres, rivaling the Arndale Centre in Manchester and Liverpool ONE on Merseyside.
I agree with you, and that unit will be Hollister, it has the signs painted low down on it and is yet to be complete, looks great though. Topman is good because I feel it has now gone away from it's cheap tacky looking clothes that it has for about the last 2 years, and back to when it really was the place to shop without spending loads of money, the store itself looks great but I just feel like the stuff it now sells is soo much better. A guy I was stood next to in the Apple que said his friend is the manager of the Topshop store and they are expecting to take in £2.5m this week, but he seemed to be one of these big panzies who only came for the opening of the store and was trying to say he was in the know about the new ES even though I corrected him on 90% of what he said.Just got back from Eldon Square, the interior of St Andrews Way is amazing. Its wide but not too much, although as we've know for ages it just alot of relocations. However, the Guess store is not just handbags (so thats a real coup), the Apple store looks like every Apple store but they all look great, the Topshop/Topman store is great and follows the layout etc of their New York store that opened last year although there doesnt seem to be much that different compared to others that ive seen especially the Oxford Street one.
One thing though, whats the unit inbetween Republic and Paperchase, its looks like a chinese restaurant (its not Laus though, as theres are in different places) but it looks like a small asian building, really cool and doesnt look tacky and i'm sure it may sound.
What are other peoples opinion on it, as i'm sure others will have been by the end of today.
I agree with you that it doesn't fit with the rest of ES, but ES is going to be renovated as much as possible to make that happen as things seem, already you can see the new ceiling and signs next to where Topman used to be which is the same as the rest of ES. I also agree with you that the planers didn't think the fake windows would look so bad, or atleast that the way I like to think, maybe it's more down to what materials the construction firm opted for, but it's right for signs for the shops indoor and maybe a little advertsing, the rest looks fairly decent and their is real sandstone being used within it, hopefully the concrete stuff will age to look like real sandstone. Newgate St seems fairly wide to be honest, their is a little section where it gets to one lane but that is so that cars etc will have to slow down where the crossing is located.Yeah, i thought it was Hollister but it does have the look of an asian restaurant lol. I agree about the quality of the mall, one of the best new malls in the country and i've been to a couple of them and some in Europe. Also it doesnt jar with the existing mall as much as you'd think and they've already put up boards covering the old Arcadia 'crescent', hope Next relocate here.
Also, whilst looking at it, i was trying to gauge why the planners approved the windows and i believe that when they looked at the plans and from early renders, it probably didnt appear that they'd appear so fake. Bet you they're pissed off with the end result.
Yes, I was a bit late, and so it was really packed by the time I got there, and it still was packed when I left at about 1.30!!Did you manage to get any pictures NH?
To get a proper impression of the place, I will need to see it seamlessly joined on to the rest of Eldon Square, and on a 'normal' (non-carnival) day, and (ideally) after Hollister is open.Good pictures, so what are your thoughts on seeing it open now?
It's the same in 'New Look', you can get an escalator DOWN, but you cannot get one back UP!Nice info about Hollister and Footlocker there. It's good that Footlocker arn't moving into the Jack&Jones unit as someone suggested on here, but it's a shame to see them move away from Northumberland street, hopefully that will feel a positive effect of ES South with new reatailer coming to the city.
So far I think the most understated store in the new ES is Guess, it's just fantastic that they are opening up here and not just selling handbags or last years stuff, unfortunatly it seems most of their stuff along with All Saitns is at the moment out of my price range, but as soon as I get a job etc then I will be visiting these shops more, also one more thing is the one downside to Topman is that their is no escalator coming back up, you either have to get a lift up or use the stairs which takes you to the back of Topshop, other then that it's been done out nicely.