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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Debenhams department store signs for Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Debenhams department store will anchor Capital Shopping Centre's Southern Gateway redevelopment of part of Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. The 180,000 sq.ft. store will trade on four levels and create an anchor for the new single-level mall extension which will have 30 large shops, trading on two levels.

The Southern Gateway scheme is the third phase of the 170m extension and redevelopment scheme. Debenhams will have an imposing frontage to Newgate Street which, together with other new street level retail units being created, will further revitalise the area, creating dynamic linkages with the leisure and retail activities already established. A new Greenmarket will provide modern market space on Clayton Street. The new stores will open in autumn 2009.

Kay Chaldecott, Managing Director, said: "We are delighted that a major Debenhams department store will be opening in this location, extending the prime pitch in Eldon Square right through from Northumberland Street. The Southern Gateway provides large units to respond to retailer demand to have flagship stores in one of the UK's prime shopping destinations."

Rob Hadfield, Acquisitions Manager of Debenhams said: "We are very excited about bringing Debenhams to Newcastle City Centre & Eldon Square. We have been looking to gain representation in the City for a long period of time and believe that ourselves, in one of the largest new stores that we have acquired recently in the UK together with the Southern Gateway scheme will solidify Newcastle's position as one of the major shopping locations in the country."

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Councillor John Shipley said: "This is a significant milestone in the 170m redevelopment of Eldon Square, strengthening its position as the city's principal shopping attraction and the position of Newcastle as the North East's premier city centre. The signing of Debenhams shows the confidence of national retailers in Newcastle's vibrant city centre and is a fitting highlight to mark 30 years of working in partnership with CSC."

Elsewhere in Eldon Square, work is already underway on ES West, where new shops and restaurants will open in autumn 2006, and ES North, bringing an additional street level mall linking the Old Eldon Square to the new bus station, and connecting to the existing mall above. In all, 480,000 sq ft of new retail space is being created, a net increase of some 325,000 sq ft.

On completion of the three phases, Eldon Square will increase in size to nearly 1.3 million sq ft, further strengthening Newcastle as one of the country's leading retail destinations.