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Are they doing a refurb? I went into the Silverlink branch just before Christmas and was very disappointed in the reduction of the menswear. Not sure if it was a tactic but it felt empty and they still had racks of shorts (in December) no thick winter jumpers or slippers to be seen.
I would assume so. I have found H&M are refurbing to carry less stock. Going from the new store in Edinburgh and Newcastle. More space but just less off everything. I think a H&M home is planned for metro centre as well
 

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Are they doing a refurb? I went into the Silverlink branch just before Christmas and was very disappointed in the reduction of the menswear. Not sure if it was a tactic but it felt empty and they still had racks of shorts (in December) no thick winter jumpers or slippers to be seen.
Reopens in the ‘spring’.
Don’t use the Silverlink one but Eldon Square is poor compared to the old Northumberland Street branch. Washington closed down (no great loss as found menswear there poor) and Durham menswear seems to have stock issues. I’ve always found H&M varies massively by store. Some stores I go in and buy loads, whilst other stores I visit and question why I’m in it.
 

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The selection at Silverlink use to be quite good for the space. However the have taken out the racks in the middle of the space to give it an airy feeling and clothes mainly round the walls. And no jumpers or slippers in December. Whoever is ordering menswear stock needs to have a think about the items they are stocking. Shorts in December ain't going to be a big seller. This was a week before Christmas and while Silverlink was packed I didn't see another customer in H&M.
 

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H&M menswear is shocking in Eldon Square, they might as well not have anything in there.
Yeah, really surprised at how bad it is since they moved. I would often pop in and have a look around when they were on Northumberland Street, but can't see me bothering much now they've moved.

Surely a more appropriate move would have been to the old Debenhams site. They could easily have filled it, with it being much closer in size to the Northumberland Street site, and it would have really given that end of Eldon Square a boost.
 

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That.

Or as I've said before - seal off the ground floor and it make it street-accessible only. Make it a beer/foodhall type thing (eg Society in Manchester). That would be pretty apt given the leisure/food and bev along there.

Then give the upper floors to mall-accessed retail - someone big that couldn't quite fill the whole department store (Next can't at the MC)... Zara with home department (see Leicester's old House of Fraser).

Brain dump :)
 

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That.

Or as I've said before - seal off the ground floor and it make it street-accessible only. Make it a beer/foodhall type thing (eg Society in Manchester). That would be pretty apt given the leisure/food and bev along there.

Then give the upper floors to mall-accessed retail - someone big that couldn't quite fill the whole department store (Next can't at the MC)... Zara with home department (see Leicester's old House of Fraser).

Brain dump :)
Perfect place for a trendy beer/food hall is Grainger Market. I was in a couple of times over Christmas and it needs repositioning.
 

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Although it would leave a gaping hole, the current Next could move (especially with Next's new format of home, beauty and brands) and comfortably fill the Debenhams store.
Been browsing for years but thought I'd post. The best place for Next to extend to if it wanted to would be into the leisure centre which is abandoned aswell. It's already took half of it already and it won't be reopening any time soon.

Personally though I wish they'd extend the mall through the unit and link it to the Gate and use the cinema and casino as the anchor instead (possibly even bridge it). Just have it as 3 floors, bottom floor 2 units and a lower mall through the middle with an escalator up. Mall level floor as double height with 2 units each side both with a mezzanine floor. Then on the top floor have a bowling alley or something leisure which compliments The Gate possibly using the old restaurant which has decent views depending what it is. The society idea probably wouldn't be bad up there.

The Gate / Eldon Square link always seems so dysfunctional even known they'd compliment each other especially since The Gate is trying to shave off it's booze culture and go more family friendly.
 

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Perfect place for a trendy beer/food hall is Grainger Market. I was in a couple of times over Christmas and it needs repositioning.
I've said this before, change the hall section into a food / drinks area and move the current food places there; put gates on the alleys into the rest of the market so that the hall section can open longer / Sundays etc,

Personally though I wish they'd extend the mall through the unit and link it to the Gate and use the cinema and casino as the anchor instead (possibly even bridge it).
Arghhhh no bridges ha. The 2 that Eldon Square / Garden have already are some of the worst bits of design and underneath dehumanising spaces known to man.
 

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Arghhhh no bridges ha. The 2 that Eldon Square / Garden have already are some of the worst bits of design and underneath dehumanising spaces known to man.
Ah not that type of bridge just something that blends with the area. Something like this that connect the Arndale to Selfridges / M&S in Manchester - Google Maps

Would fit the area quite well, or even the one between the Gate and Eden/Tiger Tiger whatever it is these days.
 

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Been browsing for years but thought I'd post. The best place for Next to extend to if it wanted to would be into the leisure centre which is abandoned aswell. It's already took half of it already and it won't be reopening any time soon.

Personally though I wish they'd extend the mall through the unit and link it to the Gate and use the cinema and casino as the anchor instead (possibly even bridge it). Just have it as 3 floors, bottom floor 2 units and a lower mall through the middle with an escalator up. Mall level floor as double height with 2 units each side both with a mezzanine floor. Then on the top floor have a bowling alley or something leisure which compliments The Gate possibly using the old restaurant which has decent views depending what it is. The society idea probably wouldn't be bad up there.

The Gate / Eldon Square link always seems so dysfunctional even known they'd compliment each other especially since The Gate is trying to shave off it's booze culture and go more family friendly.
Welcome :)

A number of years ago when Mrs NP was based around Newgate St [she crops up a bit here] they were approached with a view to that very bridge, somehow connecting the Gate to ES. I posted it aggggggges ago. I think it was very much a sort of would you violently object - perhaps either gauging local business potential objections or even flying a kit to see if anyone picked up on it.
 

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An Arndale Centre style pedestrian bridge linking Debs and the Gate would be cool.

Take that design and replace the horrid postmodern slab above Blackett/Gallowgate, and then chop out a link for Clayton St. to Eldon Square and bridge that too.

Having a series of parabolic conical glass bridge tunnel things transporting you above head like linking wormholes would be a clever way of maintaining that 'walkways in the sky' design intrinsic to Newcastle's urban history, without compromising the streetscape as it once did.

As like the CME, loathe it or loathe it even more, it's here to stay so let's find a way to live with it than ignore it.
 

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