Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gate Opens to US-Style Bar Complex

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gate Opens to US-Style Bar Complex

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Byline: By Karen Wilson

The Gate, Land Securities' pounds 75million urban entertainment centre in Newcastle is celebrating its first birthday with another major letting.

Opening before Christmas is Sam Jack's, a new American western-style concept by Centro Pub Co Limited, which already operates the highly-successful Shooter's in Morpeth, up the road in Northumberland.

The company has taken 7,000 sq ft plus a mezzanine at The Gate, on 25-year standard institutional terms. Fitting out started at the beginning of October, and Sam Jack's will employ up to 60 people and has been granted a 1am licence.

The businessmen behind Sam Jack's are Alan Newton and Jim Sample. "The Gate is purpose built for leisure, is in a vibrant end of town, and has the benefit of being part of an excellent circuit," said Mr Newton. "Sam Jack's will have a contemporary American style bar, and a host of other exciting features."

Mike Birkett, of letting agents Chesterton, who acted for Centro, said: "The Gate is an ideal location for this concept, as it is already an established venue for people who like to party. Sam Jack's will contribute greatly to the fun leisure mix. Having watched The Gate establish itself as the major leisure venue in Newcastle since it opened 12 months ago, we believe it offers tremendous opportunities for high quality local, regional and national operators to take centre stage."

Graham Thompson, portfolio manager, Land Securities, said: "Sam Jack's is a great new fun outlet that our customers at The Gate will really enjoy. We are delighted to see them join a mix of local operators such as Beyond Bar, Spice Cube and Hide Bar, alongside national brands like Tiger Tiger and Lloyds No 1."

The latest letting to be announced at The Gate is to Aspinall's that is bringing a new concept casino, Aspers, comprising 40,000 sq ft. …

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