Next and Topshop sign up to Newport city shopping development, Friars Walk

South Wales Argus: DEVELOPMENT: An artist’s impression of the proposed Friar’s Walk development in Newport DEVELOPMENT: An artist’s impression of the proposed Friar’s Walk development in Newport

NEXT and Topshop are the latest big names to sign up to Newport city centre’s Friars Walk development.

Developers, Queensberry Real Estate, said Next and Top Shop have exchanged contracts on 20,000 sq ft and 10,000 sq ft units respectively.

This means both retailers will be returning to the city after closing their stores in the last two years. They join Debenhams and Cineworld who have also already committed to Friars Walk, signing up to 91,000 sq ft and 25,000 sq ft respectively.

Queensberry confirmed that five of the ten restaurants are now under offer and three other major fashion retailers are in advanced discussion to take space.

Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, said: “It is both rare and refreshing to see such well thought through and ambitious regeneration plans which span commercial, residential, retail, leisure and educational developments.”

Queensberry Real Estate was chosen by Newport council to rejuvenate the heart of Newport.

Friar’s Walk will bring more than 390,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs.

It will include 35 retail units, ten restaurants, 360 parking spaces and a new bus station and interchange. Construction is due to start early next year and it is expected to open in March 2016.

Stuart Harris, head of leasing at Queensberry, said: “Both Next and Topshop have recognised the huge potential of a rejuvenated Newport, momentum is really beginning to build now as confidence in Friar’s Walk and Newport grows both regionally and nationally.

“The city council has a clear vision for the city which is based around long-term investment in public realm, new residential, leisure and office schemes all of which are fundamental to a vibrant successful city of the future.

Council leader Bob Bright said: "This is excellent and welcome news and signals the return of a popular, big name shops to the city centre. It shows that there is still considerable confidence in the future of our city centre.

“We are working closely with our development partners and preparatory work for Friars Walk is still expected to begin this year. We can look forward to the vision finally becoming a reality and this vibrant new shopping and leisure scheme will breathe new life into the city centre."

* See Business Update for an interview with Paul Sargent, partner with Queensberry Real Estate, about Friars Walk and Newport.

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8:19am Tue 4 Jun 13

Jinxey says...

Definitely the welcomed news that the people of Newport have been waiting for, just a shame the start date has now been put back to early next year!
Definitely the welcomed news that the people of Newport have been waiting for, just a shame the start date has now been put back to early next year! Jinxey
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9:04am Tue 4 Jun 13

bobmech1 says...

Not to put a downer on this news
But haven't we been there before?
If Cineworld is opening in the town centre does that indicate it will shut out at Spitty?
Not to put a downer on this news But haven't we been there before? If Cineworld is opening in the town centre does that indicate it will shut out at Spitty? bobmech1
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9:16am Tue 4 Jun 13

lord iron of shumg says...

I will believe it , when i see it !!!!!
I will believe it , when i see it !!!!! lord iron of shumg
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9:45am Tue 4 Jun 13

HurricaneShane says...

So....they leave the city center to go to spytty and now the city center is getting refurbedm they rush back despite their earlier protests that rents were too **** high and fact footfall was incredibly low? everytime I go in next over spytty I rarely see more than 3 customers..
So....they leave the city center to go to spytty and now the city center is getting refurbedm they rush back despite their earlier protests that rents were too **** high and fact footfall was incredibly low? everytime I go in next over spytty I rarely see more than 3 customers.. HurricaneShane
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9:54am Tue 4 Jun 13

billy boy 2 says...

bobmech1 wrote:
Not to put a downer on this news
But haven't we been there before?
If Cineworld is opening in the town centre does that indicate it will shut out at Spitty?
Yep Ikea having it
[quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Not to put a downer on this news But haven't we been there before? If Cineworld is opening in the town centre does that indicate it will shut out at Spitty?[/p][/quote]Yep Ikea having it billy boy 2
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10:04am Tue 4 Jun 13

Mervyn James says...

Residents can only cross everything and hope nothing else delays things, I'd be looking forward to the day we remove charity/pawn shops from the city centre they are an absolute blight and turn off for investors. Image is all investors don't want to see these things, and, neither do we. Move THEM to Spytty !
Residents can only cross everything and hope nothing else delays things, I'd be looking forward to the day we remove charity/pawn shops from the city centre they are an absolute blight and turn off for investors. Image is all investors don't want to see these things, and, neither do we. Move THEM to Spytty ! Mervyn James
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10:51am Tue 4 Jun 13

amandadavies8 says...

Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP... amandadavies8
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10:54am Tue 4 Jun 13

MERoden says...

This is excellent news. This has been a long time coming, but you know what they say, "Some things in life are well worth waiting for". I definitely think that this is one of them.

Between this and Terry Matthews helping to create more technology businesses, Newport is on the UP.
This is excellent news. This has been a long time coming, but you know what they say, "Some things in life are well worth waiting for". I definitely think that this is one of them. Between this and Terry Matthews helping to create more technology businesses, Newport is on the UP. MERoden
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11:21am Tue 4 Jun 13

RyanMills says...

Isn't this the news that everybody wants to hear? That retailers are coming back to Newport after leaving!

Newport is becoming a proper city, so why are some people moaning and putting a downer on things.

This news is great! Yeah fair enough the city shouldn't be in this state, but it is.

The Friars Walk development would have been opened by now but because of the unplanned recession and things it didn't go to plan. People should stop moaning about the town we have because there are people out there worse off than us!
Isn't this the news that everybody wants to hear? That retailers are coming back to Newport after leaving! Newport is becoming a proper city, so why are some people moaning and putting a downer on things. This news is great! Yeah fair enough the city shouldn't be in this state, but it is. The Friars Walk development would have been opened by now but because of the unplanned recession and things it didn't go to plan. People should stop moaning about the town we have because there are people out there worse off than us! RyanMills
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11:41am Tue 4 Jun 13

Owain Vaughan says...

Excellent news. With this and County's promotion we are getting back to where we should be as a city. Onwards and upwards!
Excellent news. With this and County's promotion we are getting back to where we should be as a city. Onwards and upwards! Owain Vaughan
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11:47am Tue 4 Jun 13

Dee-Gee says...

Fantastic news. Newport really is a beautiful city with amazing architecture in the city centre. It will be great to see its potential realised at last!
Fantastic news. Newport really is a beautiful city with amazing architecture in the city centre. It will be great to see its potential realised at last! Dee-Gee
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11:53am Tue 4 Jun 13

Adrian Williams says...

amandadavies8 wrote:
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25
[quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...[/p][/quote]Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25 Adrian Williams
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12:07pm Tue 4 Jun 13

JoJoJoJo says...

Mervyn James wrote:
Residents can only cross everything and hope nothing else delays things, I'd be looking forward to the day we remove charity/pawn shops from the city centre they are an absolute blight and turn off for investors. Image is all investors don't want to see these things, and, neither do we. Move THEM to Spytty !
Totally agree.

Any charity shops at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway? Or St David's Centre, Cardiff?

Newport needs a COMPLETE change of image.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Residents can only cross everything and hope nothing else delays things, I'd be looking forward to the day we remove charity/pawn shops from the city centre they are an absolute blight and turn off for investors. Image is all investors don't want to see these things, and, neither do we. Move THEM to Spytty ![/p][/quote]Totally agree. Any charity shops at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway? Or St David's Centre, Cardiff? Newport needs a COMPLETE change of image. JoJoJoJo
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12:07pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Slider02 says...

Oh look - is that a pig i see flying over the city ? ? ? Why yes it is - it called the pipe dream pig ! Someone tell these supposed developers that it might be a good idea to actually BUILD the thing first ? ? ? (es i am being sarcastic by the way)
Oh look - is that a pig i see flying over the city ? ? ? Why yes it is - it called the pipe dream pig ! Someone tell these supposed developers that it might be a good idea to actually BUILD the thing first ? ? ? (es i am being sarcastic by the way) Slider02
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12:25pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Radio Wales says...

Wonderful news for Newport.
When it's up and running I'll be very happy... assuming there is a space kept for the display of the Mural. The Clocks return would add something a bit special to the atmosphere too.
Wonderful news for Newport. When it's up and running I'll be very happy... assuming there is a space kept for the display of the Mural. The Clocks return would add something a bit special to the atmosphere too. Radio Wales
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12:47pm Tue 4 Jun 13

heresphil says...

As the recently convened task force recognises, any revitalisation of Newport should not just rely upon a new retail centre to improve the city. There might be a shiny new mall, with accompanying facilities such as the new bus station, but Commercial Street will be as tatty as ever and may get worse if existing businesses (such as Boots and Primark) move into the mall.

When we also see a feasible plan to revitalise Commercial Street, which will inevitably involve a change in function for many of the empty retail units, we can genuinely start to celebrate a Newport revival.
As the recently convened task force recognises, any revitalisation of Newport should not just rely upon a new retail centre to improve the city. There might be a shiny new mall, with accompanying facilities such as the new bus station, but Commercial Street will be as tatty as ever and may get worse if existing businesses (such as Boots and Primark) move into the mall. When we also see a feasible plan to revitalise Commercial Street, which will inevitably involve a change in function for many of the empty retail units, we can genuinely start to celebrate a Newport revival. heresphil
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1:06pm Tue 4 Jun 13

PRESIDENT CHAMBER OF TRADE says...

Good news, now we want the demolition work to start this year. The existing businesses in the city centre need help to survive the next few years until the regeneration is completed. The Welsh Assembly Government needs to look at business rates, the task force needs to bring ideas for job creation and the existing businesses need to make the city centre a Buisness Improvement District so they can help create a better environment for the visitors to the city centre.
Good news, now we want the demolition work to start this year. The existing businesses in the city centre need help to survive the next few years until the regeneration is completed. The Welsh Assembly Government needs to look at business rates, the task force needs to bring ideas for job creation and the existing businesses need to make the city centre a Buisness Improvement District so they can help create a better environment for the visitors to the city centre. PRESIDENT CHAMBER OF TRADE
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1:18pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Stan Edwards says...

Friars Walk got delayed because Modus, with Newport's help, plundered Commercial Street of traders against Newport's own policy with Bob Bright cheering then. Queensberry have seemly been allowed to do the same. The negative impact on Commercial Street seems to have been deliberately unassessed to attempt to displace the centre concentrate on Bob Bright's dream of competing with Cwmbran.
Dream on Bob, build the bloomin' thing and see how it under-performs.
Have a look at the jams at Spytty when it is busy and translate them into the centre for Friars Walk if only half as busy. Strangled! Friars Walk, if built, will be Bob's bright white elephant. Queensberry? Once they've built and let they will be long gone!
Friars Walk got delayed because Modus, with Newport's help, plundered Commercial Street of traders against Newport's own policy with Bob Bright cheering then. Queensberry have seemly been allowed to do the same. The negative impact on Commercial Street seems to have been deliberately unassessed to attempt to displace the centre concentrate on Bob Bright's dream of competing with Cwmbran. Dream on Bob, build the bloomin' thing and see how it under-performs. Have a look at the jams at Spytty when it is busy and translate them into the centre for Friars Walk if only half as busy. Strangled! Friars Walk, if built, will be Bob's bright white elephant. Queensberry? Once they've built and let they will be long gone! Stan Edwards
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1:40pm Tue 4 Jun 13

sherrie says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25
Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...[/p][/quote]Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25[/p][/quote]Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure! sherrie
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1:49pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Stan Edwards says...

........so, for Friar's Walk to be successful the traffic will seize-up Newport! Duh!
........so, for Friar's Walk to be successful the traffic will seize-up Newport! Duh! Stan Edwards
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1:53pm Tue 4 Jun 13

russ angel says...

This is never going to happen,we have heard it all before.
This is never going to happen,we have heard it all before. russ angel
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2:41pm Tue 4 Jun 13

GwentVoice says...

Well I can't be negative this time. Fingers crossed that some life will return to the town centre. Now come on retailers lets see more of you come back.
Well I can't be negative this time. Fingers crossed that some life will return to the town centre. Now come on retailers lets see more of you come back. GwentVoice
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2:42pm Tue 4 Jun 13

amandadavies8 says...

sherrie wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25
Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure!
I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through...
[quote][p][bold]sherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...[/p][/quote]Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25[/p][/quote]Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure![/p][/quote]I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through... amandadavies8
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3:43pm Tue 4 Jun 13

sherrie says...

amandadavies8 wrote:
sherrie wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25
Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure!
I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through...
Tesco was a nightmare too!
[quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...[/p][/quote]Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25[/p][/quote]Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure![/p][/quote]I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through...[/p][/quote]Tesco was a nightmare too! sherrie
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3:54pm Tue 4 Jun 13

amandadavies8 says...

sherrie wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
sherrie wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...
Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25
Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure!
I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through...
Tesco was a nightmare too!
Must have been because the sun was out lol....
[quote][p][bold]sherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: Spytty is a lovely shopping centre now....am gutted they stuck a 99p store over there....don't want any more rubbish shops...nice to be able to go somewhere and be able to pick whatever you want over there....I do welcome the news that next and top shop are going back to town..anything to get other shops back there to so hopefully get a thriving town once again....don't wait till next year to start start now...it's needs it ASAP...[/p][/quote]Disagree totally - it's like being in a massive traffic jam on the M25[/p][/quote]Adrian I agree with you here. I went to Spytty last Saturday just to have a look around and see what was there. I must admit it was a nightmare! It was jammed up with people looking for spaces to park. I spent 15 minutes looking for a space and gave up in the end and just went home I will never to Spytty again that's for sure![/p][/quote]I go to spytty at least 3 times a week and never have a problem..fair enough it does get busy on the weekend.(as it obviously popular and people obviously like it)... ..but that's a good thing..at least those shops shouldn't close...if you have a problem parking...park in tesco....and walk through...[/p][/quote]Tesco was a nightmare too![/p][/quote]Must have been because the sun was out lol.... amandadavies8
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5:47pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Magor says...

There are a fair number of empty shops in Cribbs and Cardiff at the moment.
There are a fair number of empty shops in Cribbs and Cardiff at the moment. Magor
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6:22pm Tue 4 Jun 13

"Chob" says...

This is good news to the city of Newport. Too long has there been too much negativity on these developments. Lets see this city thrive!!!!!
This is good news to the city of Newport. Too long has there been too much negativity on these developments. Lets see this city thrive!!!!! "Chob"
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7:37pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Stan Edwards says...

Sorry Chob.
The right decisions have to be made to protect what is left.
Friars Walk will only will only deplete and compete with Commercial Street and it doesn't have a prayer against Cwmbran.
Take a look at Haverfordwest. Where did M&S locate? - out of town. Who followed them from the centre? Boots. Guess who then located with them? Debenhams. Will Debenhams seriously put their reputation on the line for Newport? The pattern is set in other towns.
Sorry Chob. The right decisions have to be made to protect what is left. Friars Walk will only will only deplete and compete with Commercial Street and it doesn't have a prayer against Cwmbran. Take a look at Haverfordwest. Where did M&S locate? - out of town. Who followed them from the centre? Boots. Guess who then located with them? Debenhams. Will Debenhams seriously put their reputation on the line for Newport? The pattern is set in other towns. Stan Edwards
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7:45pm Tue 4 Jun 13

foxy3rd says...

I've lived in this town almost 63yrs. and still can't relate to it as a city. Is there another city in Britain with such an empty rundown low quality centre.Of cause it's worse for people of my generation who can remember the Newport of the 50's,60's and 70's when the centre was so full and bustling. I don't think I'll see the likes again.
I've lived in this town almost 63yrs. and still can't relate to it as a city. Is there another city in Britain with such an empty rundown low quality centre.Of cause it's worse for people of my generation who can remember the Newport of the 50's,60's and 70's when the centre was so full and bustling. I don't think I'll see the likes again. foxy3rd
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9:30pm Tue 4 Jun 13

sperduti says...

well im nearly 62 now and will be pushing up the daisys no doubt by the time Newport is back on its feet , in the mean time I will continue to shop at Cwmbran Cardiff and bristol at cribbs and cabots and spytty as it doesn't cost me a penny in bus fare !!! so have no probs about parking etc as I don't drive , but I do welcome next coming back it should never have closed in the first place as it was handy to collect items from the store that I had ordered online as the shop was so small it didn't stock a lot like the one in Cardiff .
well im nearly 62 now and will be pushing up the daisys no doubt by the time Newport is back on its feet , in the mean time I will continue to shop at Cwmbran Cardiff and bristol at cribbs and cabots and spytty as it doesn't cost me a penny in bus fare !!! so have no probs about parking etc as I don't drive , but I do welcome next coming back it should never have closed in the first place as it was handy to collect items from the store that I had ordered online as the shop was so small it didn't stock a lot like the one in Cardiff . sperduti
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12:43am Wed 5 Jun 13

pbhj says...

Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, said: “It is both rare and refreshing to see such well thought through and ambitious regeneration plans which span commercial, residential, retail, leisure and educational developments.”

Does anyone know the details - what residential and educational elements are in the Friars Walk plans?
[quote=Wolfson]Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, said: “It is both rare and refreshing to see such well thought through and ambitious regeneration plans which span commercial, residential, retail, leisure and educational developments.”[/quote] Does anyone know the details - what residential and educational elements are in the Friars Walk plans? pbhj
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1:38am Wed 5 Jun 13

JossexMaindee says...

I'm not remotely interested in shops that only sell clothes for teenagers, or in shopping malls - my ideal place to shop is neither Spytty nor Cwmbran (not that I've ever felt the urge to trek off to either) but Monmouth or anywhere similar that has real streets with a mix of well known shops and independents. Like Newport used to be. Having said that, I could put up with pretty much anything in Friars Walk (which I assume is the area formerly known as John Frost Square but once the mural goes I guess it's OK to forget the whole Chartist thing) as long as they don't demolish the friendly Italian coffee shop in the corner. Is that too much to hope for?
I'm not remotely interested in shops that only sell clothes for teenagers, or in shopping malls - my ideal place to shop is neither Spytty nor Cwmbran (not that I've ever felt the urge to trek off to either) but Monmouth or anywhere similar that has real streets with a mix of well known shops and independents. Like Newport used to be. Having said that, I could put up with pretty much anything in Friars Walk (which I assume is the area formerly known as John Frost Square but once the mural goes I guess it's OK to forget the whole Chartist thing) as long as they don't demolish the friendly Italian coffee shop in the corner. Is that too much to hope for? JossexMaindee
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10:08am Wed 5 Jun 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

Hate to break it to you folks, but Next and Topshop, (those oh-so-soulless chavtastic corporations) are not going to 'save' Newport. In fact, I have to wonder what they've been promised, or given, to entice them to set up shop here.

In a town where almost 40% of the population are classed as 'economically inactive', more than one in four of which are 'unemployed' - what this town needs is thousands of jobs, not a couple of crappy shops that no one can afford to shop in.
Hate to break it to you folks, but Next and Topshop, (those oh-so-soulless chavtastic corporations) are not going to 'save' Newport. In fact, I have to wonder what they've been promised, or given, to entice them to set up shop here. In a town where almost 40% of the population are classed as 'economically inactive', more than one in four of which are 'unemployed' - what this town needs is thousands of jobs, not a couple of crappy shops that no one can afford to shop in. KarmaSuitsYa
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10:32am Wed 5 Jun 13

Owain Vaughan says...

I do not know where you get these made-up figures from but the percentage of economically-inactiv
e people has actually been falling from 26.6% in 2004 to the lowest it has been since at 20.1% for the year ending 31 December 2012. This is lower than the apparently prosperous Vale of Glamorgan.

Shops bring jobs and people into the city centre and thus more businesses, more jobs and more prosperity. You know this already, but for some reason always talk Newport down.
I do not know where you get these made-up figures from but the percentage of economically-inactiv e people has actually been falling from 26.6% in 2004 to the lowest it has been since at 20.1% for the year ending 31 December 2012. This is lower than the apparently prosperous Vale of Glamorgan. Shops bring jobs and people into the city centre and thus more businesses, more jobs and more prosperity. You know this already, but for some reason always talk Newport down. Owain Vaughan
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11:12am Wed 5 Jun 13

portman says...

Open in 2016 ? you got to be having a laugh they won't have finished the new bus stn by then the way it's going, counted 4 blokes on the job the other day they are constructing it all a**e backwards tarmac the roadway and painted the bus bays chopped all the trees down and now they are just standing looking at !wondering what to do next!Where's all the steel work for the concourse shouldn't that have gone up first? or are passengers going to catch the buses standing on piles of bricks,to hurry the job along why don't they get the 2 blokes working on the front of the market to give them a hand i despair for the high st street and market traders This farce has been going on for 18 months
Open in 2016 ? you got to be having a laugh they won't have finished the new bus stn by then the way it's going, counted 4 blokes on the job the other day they are constructing it all a**e backwards tarmac the roadway and painted the bus bays chopped all the trees down and now they are just standing looking at !wondering what to do next!Where's all the steel work for the concourse shouldn't that have gone up first? or are passengers going to catch the buses standing on piles of bricks,to hurry the job along why don't they get the 2 blokes working on the front of the market to give them a hand i despair for the high st street and market traders This farce has been going on for 18 months portman
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11:15am Wed 5 Jun 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
I do not know where you get these made-up figures from but the percentage of economically-inactiv

e people has actually been falling from 26.6% in 2004 to the lowest it has been since at 20.1% for the year ending 31 December 2012. This is lower than the apparently prosperous Vale of Glamorgan.

Shops bring jobs and people into the city centre and thus more businesses, more jobs and more prosperity. You know this already, but for some reason always talk Newport down.
Where do I get my figures from? NCC's website, which they say are sourced from the ONS. Now granted, that's no assurance of accuracy by any means, but you have to work with what you have, right?

Sure, you have a point about shops bringing jobs and people to the centre, but at what cost? You think Topshop and Next source their goods locally? Have them delivered by local hauliers? Or that all their profits don't leave the city via untaxable accounts in the Cayman's? Get real. And what about all the small businesses in Newport that will have to compete? Let's just forget about those shall we? They may as well pack up now.

I reapeat - a handfull of crappy retail jobs for unscrupulous international corporations will not save Newport. Might even cause further damage. But yeah - let's pretend that we're not all desperate for a life raft, and get caught up in the phoney hype surrounding the announcement of the imminent arrival of these bloodsuckers. If it's good for them, it's good for us right? Ha, yeah right.

As for me always putting Newport down - just not true. I've never disparaged Newport, just some of its residents and supposed 'leaders'. I think Newport is a lovely town - at least to look at.
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: I do not know where you get these made-up figures from but the percentage of economically-inactiv e people has actually been falling from 26.6% in 2004 to the lowest it has been since at 20.1% for the year ending 31 December 2012. This is lower than the apparently prosperous Vale of Glamorgan. Shops bring jobs and people into the city centre and thus more businesses, more jobs and more prosperity. You know this already, but for some reason always talk Newport down.[/p][/quote]Where do I get my figures from? NCC's website, which they say are sourced from the ONS. Now granted, that's no assurance of accuracy by any means, but you have to work with what you have, right? Sure, you have a point about shops bringing jobs and people to the centre, but at what cost? You think Topshop and Next source their goods locally? Have them delivered by local hauliers? Or that all their profits don't leave the city via untaxable accounts in the Cayman's? Get real. And what about all the small businesses in Newport that will have to compete? Let's just forget about those shall we? They may as well pack up now. I reapeat - a handfull of crappy retail jobs for unscrupulous international corporations will not save Newport. Might even cause further damage. But yeah - let's pretend that we're not all desperate for a life raft, and get caught up in the phoney hype surrounding the announcement of the imminent arrival of these bloodsuckers. If it's good for them, it's good for us right? Ha, yeah right. As for me always putting Newport down - just not true. I've never disparaged Newport, just some of its residents and supposed 'leaders'. I think Newport is a lovely town - at least to look at. KarmaSuitsYa
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11:19am Wed 5 Jun 13

Owain Vaughan says...

The problem with the "they aren't local" argument is that it causes cyclical decline. Where are all the local shops now? Why are they not all starting up to fill the void left by the mega corps?

We need is a catalyst to kick start the process of recovery, and if that involves a few heartless mega corps then so be it. Once people start coming back in then there will be more scope for the local traders.
The problem with the "they aren't local" argument is that it causes cyclical decline. Where are all the local shops now? Why are they not all starting up to fill the void left by the mega corps? We need is a catalyst to kick start the process of recovery, and if that involves a few heartless mega corps then so be it. Once people start coming back in then there will be more scope for the local traders. Owain Vaughan
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11:33am Wed 5 Jun 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
The problem with the "they aren't local" argument is that it causes cyclical decline. Where are all the local shops now? Why are they not all starting up to fill the void left by the mega corps?

We need is a catalyst to kick start the process of recovery, and if that involves a few heartless mega corps then so be it. Once people start coming back in then there will be more scope for the local traders.
The local shops are all closing - you read the same articles I do that discuss the reasons why.

People just don't have the money to shop. Either because they just don't have it, or they're having to save like mad against the uncertainty of the future.

Again, what Newport NEEDS is around ten to twenty thousand new jobs. That, and only that, will save this town. And unless the council can provide those, then anything else is just smoke and mirrors.
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: The problem with the "they aren't local" argument is that it causes cyclical decline. Where are all the local shops now? Why are they not all starting up to fill the void left by the mega corps? We need is a catalyst to kick start the process of recovery, and if that involves a few heartless mega corps then so be it. Once people start coming back in then there will be more scope for the local traders.[/p][/quote]The local shops are all closing - you read the same articles I do that discuss the reasons why. People just don't have the money to shop. Either because they just don't have it, or they're having to save like mad against the uncertainty of the future. Again, what Newport NEEDS is around ten to twenty thousand new jobs. That, and only that, will save this town. And unless the council can provide those, then anything else is just smoke and mirrors. KarmaSuitsYa
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1:27pm Wed 5 Jun 13

Owain Vaughan says...

As I have already pointed out, a 20% economic inactivity rate is pretty good. The UK average is 19.3% and the Wales average is 22.2%. People here clearly have as many job opportunities as elsewhere in the UK. Complaining about the construction and operation of a new shopping centre in the name of job creation is somewhat ironic, is it not?
As I have already pointed out, a 20% economic inactivity rate is pretty good. The UK average is 19.3% and the Wales average is 22.2%. People here clearly have as many job opportunities as elsewhere in the UK. Complaining about the construction and operation of a new shopping centre in the name of job creation is somewhat ironic, is it not? Owain Vaughan
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2:16pm Wed 5 Jun 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

And, as I've already pointed out, the ONS says it's closer to 40% economic inactivity rate, with 25% of the population claiming benefits. That means nearly half don't work, and a quarter cost us money.

Now - regardless if it's 20%, as you claim, or 37% as the ONS claims, then I would seriously question the comment that it's anywhere near 'good'.

And again putting words into my mouth? I see the comments about education round here may have some substance. Some of you obviously can't read. There seems to be some sort of short circuit between what your eyes and your brain read. I've never questioned the development - merely the fact that people appear to be hanging all their hopes on multinationals like the two mentioned. I think that's a bad call personally.
And, as I've already pointed out, the ONS says it's closer to 40% economic inactivity rate, with 25% of the population claiming benefits. That means nearly half don't work, and a quarter cost us money. Now - regardless if it's 20%, as you claim, or 37% as the ONS claims, then I would seriously question the comment that it's anywhere near 'good'. And again putting words into my mouth? I see the comments about education round here may have some substance. Some of you obviously can't read. There seems to be some sort of short circuit between what your eyes and your brain read. I've never questioned the development - merely the fact that people appear to be hanging all their hopes on multinationals like the two mentioned. I think that's a bad call personally. KarmaSuitsYa
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6:24pm Thu 6 Jun 13

Floppy backed says...

Sign up just means 'interest' it is bound to be subject to Debenhams and other deals being confirmed in stone.

Believe it when I see it!
Sign up just means 'interest' it is bound to be subject to Debenhams and other deals being confirmed in stone. Believe it when I see it! Floppy backed
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4:31pm Sun 9 Jun 13

russ angel says...

It's the best comedy show for years.
It's the best comedy show for years. russ angel
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9:27pm Sun 9 Jun 13

scraptheWAG says...

foxy3rd wrote:
I've lived in this town almost 63yrs. and still can't relate to it as a city. Is there another city in Britain with such an empty rundown low quality centre.Of cause it's worse for people of my generation who can remember the Newport of the 50's,60's and 70's when the centre was so full and bustling. I don't think I'll see the likes again.
yep it is really a town that has fallen / it just like a run down valleys town HOW MUCH FURTHER CAN IT FALL
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: I've lived in this town almost 63yrs. and still can't relate to it as a city. Is there another city in Britain with such an empty rundown low quality centre.Of cause it's worse for people of my generation who can remember the Newport of the 50's,60's and 70's when the centre was so full and bustling. I don't think I'll see the likes again.[/p][/quote]yep it is really a town that has fallen / it just like a run down valleys town HOW MUCH FURTHER CAN IT FALL scraptheWAG
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9:38pm Sun 9 Jun 13

scraptheWAG says...

newport is a shocking town - but people will still vote labour YES YOU GUESSED THERE FATHER VOTED LABOUR
newport is a shocking town - but people will still vote labour YES YOU GUESSED THERE FATHER VOTED LABOUR scraptheWAG
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2:44am Mon 10 Jun 13

newportscum says...

Theirs an old famous welsh saying.
YEA RIGHT!!!
Believe it when i see it
Theirs an old famous welsh saying. YEA RIGHT!!! Believe it when i see it newportscum
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2:47am Mon 10 Jun 13

newportscum says...

Theirs an old famous welsh saying.
YEA RIGHT!!!
Believe it when i see it
Theirs an old famous welsh saying. YEA RIGHT!!! Believe it when i see it newportscum
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