Next doubles intu Metrocentre space in 78,000 sq ft former BHS home

By Paul Norman - Tuesday, March 06, 2018 12:23

intu has signed Next for one of its biggest stores, at intu Metrocentre in Gateshead, in place of a former BHS store.

intu has worked with the fashion and homeware chain to reconfigure the space for a 78,000 sq ft store over two levels.

It is more than double the size of Next’s former intu Metrocentre store and will be officially opened today (Tuesday 6th March) by Sir John Hall, whose company Cameron Hall Developments first developed the Gateshead shopping destination in the 1980s. The store includes a Costa Coffee.

The work to create the store follows a period of investment by intu which has led to the refurbishment of the centre’s Platinum Mall for its most "aspirational" retailers as well as the creation and extension of a dining quarter.

Mark Russell at Next said: “We’ve invested a significant amount at intu Metrocentre to ensure that our new store is really worth the wait. The new concepts we have are amazing and we believe that all customers are going to love what we have in store.”

Kate Grant, regional managing director at intu, said “This substantial upsizing at intu Metrocentre reflects the growing appreciation we’re seeing among retailers for the best physical stores in the right locations as they seek to rationalise their store portfolios and gain access to a higher proportion of their target customers.

“We have worked closely with Next to build this fantastic new store at the heart of intu Metrocentre and this forms part of intu’s ongoing asset management strategy to evolve and enhance our centres into retail destinations where customers and retailers want to be.”

Another key Next store will open at intu Merry Hill in the West Midlands later this year following work to convert a Sainsbury’s unit into a 75,680 sq ft store. intu Merry Hill's former BHS unit will also become part of a larger Primark store in line with expansion plans announced in January while sports brand Decathlon now occupies space that was once a BHS store at west London shopping destination intu Uxbridge.

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