Friars Walk

Friars Walk opening 12Nov2015

Friars Walk is a major new shopping and leisure scheme in Newport city centre offering more than 36,230 square metres of retail and leisure space including a department store, multiplex, shops, restaurants, car park and bus station.

As a result of Friars Walk, Newport's catchment will grow from 211,000 to 367,000 with an estimated footfall of 10-12 million per annum (Source: Javelin/DTZ). This will double retail sales in the city adding £100 million per annum.

Opening day

Friars Walk was opened by the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Bob Bright, accompanied by the First Minister of Wales, on 12 November 2015.

It opened to a fantastic response with 102,000 visitors on opening day and 350,000 visitors over the first weekend.

Here is a flavour of what opening day was like and what people had to say:

Debenhams is the key anchor store of Friars Walk with Next, Topshop, New Look, River Island, H&M, Mothercare, JD Sports and many other retailers also taking units and returning to the city centre.

Nando’s, Las Iguanas, Chiquitos, Prezzo, Frankie and Benny’s, Cosmo, TGI Friday's and Gourmet Burger Kitchen are just some of the popular restaurants that have opened up.

And the city centre has a cinema once again with the opening of Cineworld.

Friars Walk has been designed to encourage shoppers to flow into Commercial Street and the surrounding retail areas.

A new square links Friars Walk to the riverfront, the arts quarter, the University of South Wales and the iconic footbridge

There is a new 350 space car park and a new bus station.

Visit the Friar’s Walk website for further information on what's available.

Timescale

  • Newport City Council appointed Queensberry Real Estate as the developer for Friars Walk in 2010.
  • In December 2013, the council agreed to lend Queensberry Real Estate £90 million in a commercial deal to ensure the development could be delivered on time
  • Demolition of John Frost Square began in 2014 - climaxed with the controlled explosion which brought down the Capitol car park.
  • Construction officially began the first week of April 2014 and following swift progress, a topping out ceremony was held 11 December 2014.
  • As a planned part of Queensberry’s development of the Friars Walk Scheme, an archaeological investigation was carried out to locate any historic buildings on the site. Remains were found exactly where expected and, working with experts, have been recorded and protected.
  • Friars Walk opened 12 November 2015.