New businesses come to Newport city centre

TWO businesses are bucking the trend by moving into Newport city centre.

Dunbar Estate Agents Ltd have moved from Caerleon Road to Bailey Street while Leisuretime coach holiday operator has opened a new sales office on Llanarth Street.

Ceri Johnson who runs the Cardiff-based firm, which runs 2,000 coach trips around the UK and Europe each year, said it had a strong customer base in Newport since it started in 1996.

She said she considered many other areas but came back to Newport every time.

Her son George Johnson, 22, has now taken over the Newport arm of the business, which employs three full time staff, and she said they had received nothing but positive feedback.

She said: "It's a great place, there's great potential here and lots of fabulous people."

Darra O'Flaherty of Dunbar said the firm, which started in 2005, had faith in Newport city centre and he encouraged more people to share his way of thinking to boost its profile.

He said: "We think we have gone as far as we can being an out of town agent and with Admiral set to move to Cambrian Centre and the new development [Friars Walk] we are hoping that it's going to be a bit of a turnaround for the city centre.

"I am from Newport and I know it gets a lot of slating but I am proud to be from here."

Recently we reported how a string of high street shops were deserting the city centre.

Marks and Spencer has relocated to Newport Retail Park, clothes store Internacionale closed on January 21, clothes store Suit U has left its unit, toy shop Total Toys has left and woman's fashion shop Pilot is running a closing down sale.

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9:40am Wed 30 Jan 13

bobmech1 says...

None on the empty Main Street though
Really going to pull people into Newport aren't they
Newport needs retail shops on the high street
None on the empty Main Street though Really going to pull people into Newport aren't they Newport needs retail shops on the high street bobmech1

9:51am Wed 30 Jan 13

jake1978 says...

Put a Nandos restaurant in the city center and that will attract the people not another estate agents!!!!
Put a Nandos restaurant in the city center and that will attract the people not another estate agents!!!! jake1978

9:55am Wed 30 Jan 13

D Taylor says...

Welcome news. Particularly the Llanarth Strreet shop.
Welcome news. Particularly the Llanarth Strreet shop. D Taylor

11:38am Wed 30 Jan 13

sperduti says...

we desperatley need decent eatery places there is no nice places to eat a decent meal now tiffanys has gone!!

we dont need estate agents!!! nor pubs we need decent shops a shopping centre like cardiff thats what we want here but sadly its not going to happen , ive got cwmbran bristol and cardiff for great days out !!sadly the only place i go to now is my bank and card ware house for cards plus savers for my toiletries etc!!
we desperatley need decent eatery places there is no nice places to eat a decent meal now tiffanys has gone!! we dont need estate agents!!! nor pubs we need decent shops a shopping centre like cardiff thats what we want here but sadly its not going to happen , ive got cwmbran bristol and cardiff for great days out !!sadly the only place i go to now is my bank and card ware house for cards plus savers for my toiletries etc!! sperduti

12:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

NewportMum says...

Good news - and that could prove a shrewd move by Leisuretime
Good news - and that could prove a shrewd move by Leisuretime NewportMum

4:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

NakedDancer says...

Good news. I would hope that the landlords are setting very competitive rents to attract businesses to the city centre.
Good news. I would hope that the landlords are setting very competitive rents to attract businesses to the city centre. NakedDancer

10:25pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Mr Bump. says...

If there was a Burgerking in Newport city centre, i'd visit a lot more often.
If there was a Burgerking in Newport city centre, i'd visit a lot more often. Mr Bump.

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