Two more big names sign up for Newport's Friars Walk shopping centre

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NEW LOOK and Gourmet Burger Kitchen are the latest big names to have signed up to Newport's Friars Walk city centre development.

The retailers will join Debenham's, Cineworld, Topshop, Next, Prezzo, Nando's, Frankie and Benny's, Cosmo and Chiquitos, who have all committed to the scheme ahead of it opening in November of next year.

Work is continuing in Newport city centre to ready the ground for the new £90 million Friars Walk shopping development, on the old bus station site.

The ground-breaking ceremony, led by Mayor of Newport, Councillor Cliff Suller, took place at the 390,000 sq ft retail and leisure development site in April and diggers are still on site clearing away debris from the former six-storey car park, which was demolished in January.

The scheme, which has been backed by a £90m loan supported by Newport City Council, will create 650 jobs during its construction phase and about 1,100 jobs once it is complete.

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10:41am Tue 20 May 14

dave_67 says...

Big names?? Surely New Look will just move from Commercial Street and leave another empty unit and I've never heard of Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
Big names?? Surely New Look will just move from Commercial Street and leave another empty unit and I've never heard of Gourmet Burger Kitchen. dave_67
  • Score: 20

10:50am Tue 20 May 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 24

10:57am Tue 20 May 14

NakedDancer says...

New Look has well over 1,000 stores internationally and over 30,000 staff.
New Look has well over 1,000 stores internationally and over 30,000 staff. NakedDancer
  • Score: 1

11:30am Tue 20 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
Kevin, there is no point arguing with the "I've never heard of it" brigade. Basing the entire argument on one's own ignorance means the argument is already lost.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.[/p][/quote]Kevin, there is no point arguing with the "I've never heard of it" brigade. Basing the entire argument on one's own ignorance means the argument is already lost. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 22

11:46am Tue 20 May 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere
Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Tue 20 May 14

Practicalmickey says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
It's a lot nicer than mcdonalds. I can feel a battle of the waist line approaching.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.[/p][/quote]It's a lot nicer than mcdonalds. I can feel a battle of the waist line approaching. Practicalmickey
  • Score: 24

12:23pm Tue 20 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Practicalmickey wrote:
Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
It's a lot nicer than mcdonalds. I can feel a battle of the waist line approaching.
Will be a change of scenery for Newport's burgeoning chronically obese that frequent the town centre chip shops.
[quote][p][bold]Practicalmickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.[/p][/quote]It's a lot nicer than mcdonalds. I can feel a battle of the waist line approaching.[/p][/quote]Will be a change of scenery for Newport's burgeoning chronically obese that frequent the town centre chip shops. Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Tue 20 May 14

fieldsof fields says...

Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now.
Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now. fieldsof fields
  • Score: 17

1:00pm Tue 20 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

fieldsof fields wrote:
Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now.
It's been on the friarswalknewport.co
.uk site for a while too.
[quote][p][bold]fieldsof fields[/bold] wrote: Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now.[/p][/quote]It's been on the friarswalknewport.co .uk site for a while too. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 13

1:10pm Tue 20 May 14

Jinxey says...

fieldsof fields wrote:
Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now.
As is New Look. Both have been on the Friars Walk website for a while...
[quote][p][bold]fieldsof fields[/bold] wrote: Isn't GBK very old news? I've known for a few weeks now.[/p][/quote]As is New Look. Both have been on the Friars Walk website for a while... Jinxey
  • Score: 16

1:56pm Tue 20 May 14

Welshlady11 says...

Can you not just be happy to see this ?

Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again!
Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time.
Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!!
Can you not just be happy to see this ? Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again! Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time. Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!! Welshlady11
  • Score: 51

2:21pm Tue 20 May 14

UpsetResident says...

I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters?

I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in?

Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?
I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters? I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in? Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport? UpsetResident
  • Score: 24

2:53pm Tue 20 May 14

SJR1989 says...

UpsetResident wrote:
I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters?

I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in?

Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?
It isn't really the Council's bag to be approaching these businesses in fairness. Queensbury, the developers, will be the ones who are looking to drum up interest. Due to Newport's previous false-starts I can understand the hesitancy in signing up to the scheme, but these businesses are fickle. As soon as they see their competitors signed up and the construction gathering pace, I expect a lot more to express an interest. And this should hopefully trigger some of the more niche chains to take up the (cheaper?) rents of the High Street to capitalise on the increased footfall.
[quote][p][bold]UpsetResident[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters? I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in? Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?[/p][/quote]It isn't really the Council's bag to be approaching these businesses in fairness. Queensbury, the developers, will be the ones who are looking to drum up interest. Due to Newport's previous false-starts I can understand the hesitancy in signing up to the scheme, but these businesses are fickle. As soon as they see their competitors signed up and the construction gathering pace, I expect a lot more to express an interest. And this should hopefully trigger some of the more niche chains to take up the (cheaper?) rents of the High Street to capitalise on the increased footfall. SJR1989
  • Score: 22

3:28pm Tue 20 May 14

UpsetResident says...

SJR1989 wrote:
UpsetResident wrote:
I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters?

I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in?

Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?
It isn't really the Council's bag to be approaching these businesses in fairness. Queensbury, the developers, will be the ones who are looking to drum up interest. Due to Newport's previous false-starts I can understand the hesitancy in signing up to the scheme, but these businesses are fickle. As soon as they see their competitors signed up and the construction gathering pace, I expect a lot more to express an interest. And this should hopefully trigger some of the more niche chains to take up the (cheaper?) rents of the High Street to capitalise on the increased footfall.
I get what you're saying and i don't disagree, but i do feel the local government kind-of made it their business when they decided to fund it themselves by putting the taxpayer on the hook for 90m
[quote][p][bold]SJR1989[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UpsetResident[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters? I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in? Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?[/p][/quote]It isn't really the Council's bag to be approaching these businesses in fairness. Queensbury, the developers, will be the ones who are looking to drum up interest. Due to Newport's previous false-starts I can understand the hesitancy in signing up to the scheme, but these businesses are fickle. As soon as they see their competitors signed up and the construction gathering pace, I expect a lot more to express an interest. And this should hopefully trigger some of the more niche chains to take up the (cheaper?) rents of the High Street to capitalise on the increased footfall.[/p][/quote]I get what you're saying and i don't disagree, but i do feel the local government kind-of made it their business when they decided to fund it themselves by putting the taxpayer on the hook for 90m UpsetResident
  • Score: 0

4:22pm Tue 20 May 14

polly12 says...

We need proper shops not just food outlets.
Another cinema I suppose the one at spytty will close now
Please bring back bon marche and evans
We need proper shops not just food outlets. Another cinema I suppose the one at spytty will close now Please bring back bon marche and evans polly12
  • Score: -14

4:48pm Tue 20 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere
Yawn another internet Rambo! If a personal attack is the best counter-argument you can come up with to support your rant, about being positive about Newport, you should definitely: "Try harder".

Maybe you should let the grown ups posts!
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere[/p][/quote]Yawn another internet Rambo! If a personal attack is the best counter-argument you can come up with to support your rant, about being positive about Newport, you should definitely: "Try harder". Maybe you should let the grown ups posts! cymruamblyth
  • Score: -10

4:48pm Tue 20 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere
Yawn another internet Rambo! If a personal attack is the best counter-argument you can come up with to support your rant, about being positive about Newport, you should definitely: "Try harder".

Maybe you should let the grown ups posts!
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Ooo, looks like the neigh sayers are ganging up with a like/ dislike strategy. I wonder if they're all sat in a cafe together somewhere[/p][/quote]Yawn another internet Rambo! If a personal attack is the best counter-argument you can come up with to support your rant, about being positive about Newport, you should definitely: "Try harder". Maybe you should let the grown ups posts! cymruamblyth
  • Score: -12

4:51pm Tue 20 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

Welshlady11 wrote:
Can you not just be happy to see this ?

Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again!
Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time.
Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!!
Could you actually make a comment about Newport for goodness sake? All these moaners complaining about other people complaining and making personal insults rather then commenting about the benefits to Newport..

All that will happen that the shops will relocate to Friars Walk leaving the 'High Street' derelict whilst Friars Walks attracts the footfall
[quote][p][bold]Welshlady11[/bold] wrote: Can you not just be happy to see this ? Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again! Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time. Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!![/p][/quote]Could you actually make a comment about Newport for goodness sake? All these moaners complaining about other people complaining and making personal insults rather then commenting about the benefits to Newport.. All that will happen that the shops will relocate to Friars Walk leaving the 'High Street' derelict whilst Friars Walks attracts the footfall cymruamblyth
  • Score: -24

4:56pm Tue 20 May 14

Newportg says...

UpsetResident wrote:
I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters?

I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in?

Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?
Good news.

And all you can do is moan!!!
[quote][p][bold]UpsetResident[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters? I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in? Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?[/p][/quote]Good news. And all you can do is moan!!! Newportg
  • Score: 12

5:09pm Tue 20 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

UpsetResident wrote:
I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters?

I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in?

Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?
I totally agree with I believe the the last time Newport had a toy shop was Edmund's or the old Woolworths now Body Shop.. Even Cwmbran got a large Entertainer and a Harvester.. Newport isn't very child friendly and as present I can only think of one child family eating place in that's in the Arcade..

My main problem isn't the shops but the people.. Foul language, drinking alcohol and riding bikes in the the town centre the two latter are banned.. If the council adopted a zero tolerance approach to anti social behavior I think this would attract family's back.

As for Burger King I think because its more expensive food, Maccy D's and Greggs are always heaving..

The thing is some of these Keyboard Warriors(not pro Newportians as they never mention Newport) rant and rave that people don't use Newport then say Children shouldn't be welcome in Newport after 5pm..
[quote][p][bold]UpsetResident[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased to see the units are getting filled, but it would be great to see some more interesting variation, you look in St. Davids 2 in Cardiff and there's a great range. How about a gadget shop? or a good menswear like Slaters? I'd love to see a large Waterstones, how great would it be to have something like Toys R us or something like the Disney store for the kids? Bring the families in.. Are Newport Council, or anyone else actively courting these types of business, or are we just waiting for businesses to slip a few thou under the table for a nice shut-in? Why aren't there any Burger Kings in Newport?[/p][/quote]I totally agree with I believe the the last time Newport had a toy shop was Edmund's or the old Woolworths now Body Shop.. Even Cwmbran got a large Entertainer and a Harvester.. Newport isn't very child friendly and as present I can only think of one child family eating place in that's in the Arcade.. My main problem isn't the shops but the people.. Foul language, drinking alcohol and riding bikes in the the town centre the two latter are banned.. If the council adopted a zero tolerance approach to anti social behavior I think this would attract family's back. As for Burger King I think because its more expensive food, Maccy D's and Greggs are always heaving.. The thing is some of these Keyboard Warriors(not pro Newportians as they never mention Newport) rant and rave that people don't use Newport then say Children shouldn't be welcome in Newport after 5pm.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: 9

5:37pm Tue 20 May 14

brainfreeze says...

Spend £20 on cheap clothes that come from a Chinese sweat shop & follow it up with a burger. What's changed?
Spend £20 on cheap clothes that come from a Chinese sweat shop & follow it up with a burger. What's changed? brainfreeze
  • Score: -22

6:00pm Tue 20 May 14

KarloMarko says...

"We have seen the future and its....burgers"

I've invested my entire life savings in a new (Deep) Friers Walk venture called "Chips R Us". All the chips you can eat for a fiver and free tomato sauce from the bottle for the under fives. Subject to ID of course.

Edwina says she'll give me a fat free start up grant and Rosemary Butler says she will eat the first five bag of chips straight out the pan...or twelve.

It's the new extra eating experience....it's the deep fried future...it puts New-pot on the world class New-Potato stage!*

*(As to be served to the Nato delegates on arrival at the bus station)
"We have seen the future and its....burgers" I've invested my entire life savings in a new (Deep) Friers Walk venture called "Chips R Us". All the chips you can eat for a fiver and free tomato sauce from the bottle for the under fives. Subject to ID of course. Edwina says she'll give me a fat free start up grant and Rosemary Butler says she will eat the first five bag of chips straight out the pan...or twelve. It's the new extra eating experience....it's the deep fried future...it puts New-pot on the world class New-Potato stage!* *(As to be served to the Nato delegates on arrival at the bus station) KarloMarko
  • Score: -14

6:11pm Tue 20 May 14

cath 872 says...

New Look and Gourmet Burgers' names are written on the fencing around the construction site. Honestly, Argus staff - a non story.
New Look and Gourmet Burgers' names are written on the fencing around the construction site. Honestly, Argus staff - a non story. cath 872
  • Score: 12

8:32pm Tue 20 May 14

Magor says...

polly12 wrote:
We need proper shops not just food outlets.
Another cinema I suppose the one at spytty will close now
Please bring back bon marche and evans
Cant see it closing its too busy.People wont want to drive into Newport and pay to park.The new one will be better for non-drivers.
[quote][p][bold]polly12[/bold] wrote: We need proper shops not just food outlets. Another cinema I suppose the one at spytty will close now Please bring back bon marche and evans[/p][/quote]Cant see it closing its too busy.People wont want to drive into Newport and pay to park.The new one will be better for non-drivers. Magor
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Tue 20 May 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Welshlady11 wrote:
Can you not just be happy to see this ?

Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again!
Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time.
Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!!
Here here !
[quote][p][bold]Welshlady11[/bold] wrote: Can you not just be happy to see this ? Its good news for goodness sake that these shops will be filled and Newport will be a good place to shop again! Bloody moaners and miserable negative comments all the time. Smile be positive and happy for once for godness sake!![/p][/quote]Here here ! Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Tue 20 May 14

ExNewport says...

They could have Harrods and Selfridges there for all I care and still wont go. Newport town centre will still be inhabited by chavs and scumbags, nothing will change.
They could have Harrods and Selfridges there for all I care and still wont go. Newport town centre will still be inhabited by chavs and scumbags, nothing will change. ExNewport
  • Score: -4

10:56pm Tue 20 May 14

Bobevans says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
So its a very small player. in the fast food market & there is already an over provision of low end and fast food outlets
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.[/p][/quote]So its a very small player. in the fast food market & there is already an over provision of low end and fast food outlets Bobevans
  • Score: -8

12:26am Wed 21 May 14

portman says...

c'mon Kev catch up mate !
c'mon Kev catch up mate ! portman
  • Score: -4

7:39am Wed 21 May 14

Woodgnome says...

ExNewport wrote:
They could have Harrods and Selfridges there for all I care and still wont go. Newport town centre will still be inhabited by chavs and scumbags, nothing will change.
Whilst this is an unpleasant pejorative comment - a visit to Newport centre on a Saturday afternoon for example, fuels comments like that. Smart, high spending customers just aren't attracted to the centre at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]ExNewport[/bold] wrote: They could have Harrods and Selfridges there for all I care and still wont go. Newport town centre will still be inhabited by chavs and scumbags, nothing will change.[/p][/quote]Whilst this is an unpleasant pejorative comment - a visit to Newport centre on a Saturday afternoon for example, fuels comments like that. Smart, high spending customers just aren't attracted to the centre at the moment. Woodgnome
  • Score: 7

7:57am Wed 21 May 14

SJR1989 says...

Bobevans wrote:
Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.
So its a very small player. in the fast food market & there is already an over provision of low end and fast food outlets
It isn't low end fast food. Perhaps you should conduct your own basic research before making judgements. GBK was probably one of the first to capitalise on a family recent trend of upmarketing the humble burger. It's by no means posh, but it's certainly not how you describe.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 restaurants across the UK, including Cardiff Bay.[/p][/quote]So its a very small player. in the fast food market & there is already an over provision of low end and fast food outlets[/p][/quote]It isn't low end fast food. Perhaps you should conduct your own basic research before making judgements. GBK was probably one of the first to capitalise on a family recent trend of upmarketing the humble burger. It's by no means posh, but it's certainly not how you describe. SJR1989
  • Score: 8

9:47am Wed 21 May 14

KarloMarko says...

£8 - £10 for ONE burger? In Newport? I could feed a family of four for that and still have change for a Football Argus and a colour postcard of the Transporter bridge.

Wonder if they do Vegan beef burgers.
£8 - £10 for ONE burger? In Newport? I could feed a family of four for that and still have change for a Football Argus and a colour postcard of the Transporter bridge. Wonder if they do Vegan beef burgers. KarloMarko
  • Score: -6

2:35pm Wed 21 May 14

Stan Edwards says...

Just where is the spending power to come from to support Friar's Walk?
It would need to take 50% from Cwmbran and similar from Spytty City just to get off the blocks.
Realism is not pessimism? BTW What rent free period are these stores being offered so that when the wheel comes off - Ooops Mr rate payer will have to pay back the £90 loan.
Not Friars Walk but Lemmings Run!
Just where is the spending power to come from to support Friar's Walk? It would need to take 50% from Cwmbran and similar from Spytty City just to get off the blocks. Realism is not pessimism? BTW What rent free period are these stores being offered so that when the wheel comes off - Ooops Mr rate payer will have to pay back the £90 loan. Not Friars Walk but Lemmings Run! Stan Edwards
  • Score: -10

3:30pm Wed 21 May 14

Petesaund says...

Whatever happened to proper journalism? This is an old story, plucked from the latest issue of the council's propaganda sheet, which just happened tome through my letterbox on the day before the story appeared in the Argus. Shouldn't somebody be investigating the apparent imbalance between shops and food outlets? Or what will happen to the empty shops in Commercial Street when shops like New Look pull out? Talk of new shops opening as a spin off from the new centre seems ambitious considering how few retail units have actually been let in Friars Walk. Queens bury would almost certainly have pulled out by now if the city council had not been so generous with its taxpayers' money.
Whatever happened to proper journalism? This is an old story, plucked from the latest issue of the council's propaganda sheet, which just happened tome through my letterbox on the day before the story appeared in the Argus. Shouldn't somebody be investigating the apparent imbalance between shops and food outlets? Or what will happen to the empty shops in Commercial Street when shops like New Look pull out? Talk of new shops opening as a spin off from the new centre seems ambitious considering how few retail units have actually been let in Friars Walk. Queens bury would almost certainly have pulled out by now if the city council had not been so generous with its taxpayers' money. Petesaund
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 21 May 14

Newportg says...

I despair of all these moaning wingers with their own agendas. All they want to do is talk this city down. This is a good news story.!!! If you don't like it here then move somewhere else!!
I despair of all these moaning wingers with their own agendas. All they want to do is talk this city down. This is a good news story.!!! If you don't like it here then move somewhere else!! Newportg
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Stevie1965 says...

Not really "news" as these names have been on the security boards around the site for a while!
Not really "news" as these names have been on the security boards around the site for a while! Stevie1965
  • Score: 1

7:42am Fri 23 May 14

portman says...

the unless management of kingsway shopping center better start pulling their finger out ,and get some units let.....they have had forty years!
the unless management of kingsway shopping center better start pulling their finger out ,and get some units let.....they have had forty years! portman
  • Score: 3

12:07am Sat 24 May 14

Strider says...

Newportg wrote:
I despair of all these moaning wingers with their own agendas. All they want to do is talk this city down. This is a good news story.!!! If you don't like it here then move somewhere else!!
In football 'winger' refers to positions on the extreme left and right sides of the pitch (the "wings").. What are moaning wingers?
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: I despair of all these moaning wingers with their own agendas. All they want to do is talk this city down. This is a good news story.!!! If you don't like it here then move somewhere else!![/p][/quote]In football 'winger' refers to positions on the extreme left and right sides of the pitch (the "wings").. What are moaning wingers? Strider
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9:47am Tue 10 Jun 14

john.hall1000 says...

What this new centre needs is a large supermarket.
What this new centre needs is a large supermarket. john.hall1000
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