Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doors Set to Open on New Centre; TWO YEARS WORK: NEARLY OVER AS CENTRE'S HUGE NEW ADDITION READY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doors Set to Open on New Centre; TWO YEARS WORK: NEARLY OVER AS CENTRE'S HUGE NEW ADDITION READY

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Byline: AMY HUNT

MORE than two years of work to make Newcastle a shopping capital is almost complete, as our pictures show.

St Andrew's Way in Eldon Square will open in February, making the complex the largest city-centre shopping centre in the UK.

And the four-storey Debenhams will be one of the department store chain's biggest and most up-to-date shops in the country.

About 800 people will be employed in the new mall, which will house flagship stores for retailers including New Look, Topshop, Republic, Superdry, Schuh, Oasis, All Saints, River Island, Guess and Paperchase.

A Tesco Metro store will open on the ground floor, facing out onto Newgate Street, next to a Sushi bar and Thai restaurant from Lau's 202.

Some of the shop units have yet to be let, but bosses are confident they will all have been snapped up by the time St Andrew's Way opens -although retailers may not have moved into all of them.

And they believe all shops left empty by firms moving into units on the new mall will also be re-let.

St Andrew's Way is the last part of the five-year, pounds 170m redevelopment of Eldon Square, a partnership between Capital Shopping Centres and Newcastle City Council.

The scheme has already seen new stores including Trespass and Holland and Barrett created on Blackett Bridge, a new bus station, with shops, including Waitrose, around it and the renovation of Old Eldon Square to include restaurants Wagamana and Strada.

From March work will be going on to bring the rest of the shopping centre up to the standard of the new sections.

New floor tiles will be laid in a six-month job.

Centre manager Tim Lamb said: "We don't want a shiny bit and a dirty bit, we want it all to be shiny.

"This will raise the bar and make other department stores think about what they are going to do next. …

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