Primark to become MetroCentre’s latest anchor

Published:  30 January, 2011

Primark is to open a flagship 74,500-sq ft store at the Metrocentre in Gateshead

Primark’s new 74,500-sq ft unit comprises the former Woolworths store, adjacent space and a new 15,000 -sq ft rear extension. The multi level store will be located at the junction of Grey Mall, where Office, USC and Jack and Jones have all taken stores this year; Yellow Mall, which houses the highly successful Metrocentre Qube leisure and dining venue; and Blue Mall where Europe’s first combined TK Maxx/Homesense opened in September last year.

The fashion retailer’s move to upsize from its current 50,000-sq ft ground floor store in the Red Mall tfulfils a key element of the MetroCentre strategy to incorporate quality flagship stores throughout the centre. Other fashion anchors include Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Debenhams.

Martin Breeden, director of asset management (northern portfolio) at Capital Shopping Centres said: “This is an excellent letting for Metrocentre and Primark will reinforce the fashion pitch in this part of the scheme. This latest anchor store sits alongside some fabulous new lettings, including Radley which launched its latest store design here recently.”

Letting agents for Metrocentre are Sanderson Weatherall and Lunson Mitchenall; Eric Young & Co acted for Primark.

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