The face of Newport is changing dramatically.
Newport’s brand new retail and leisure complex, Friars Walk, opened 12th November 2015 to an incredible response - 102,000 visitors on opening day and 350,000 visitors over the first weekend.
Welcoming shoppers was a 90,000 sq ft full-offer Debenhams department store and an 8 screen Cineworld multiplex cinema. Fashion fans were able to enjoy the brand new Next, H&M, Topshop, New Look and River Island stores among other high street favourites including Mothercare, Schuh, The Body Shop and Pandora. Newport's dining offer saw a significant uplift with the opening of Las Iguanas, Nando’s, TGI Friday’s, GBK and Le Bistro Pierre. For those on the move, Greggs, Coffee #1 and Krispy Kreme offered additional food and drink options. More stores and restaurants will be opening in time for Christmas 2015.
Here is a flavour of what opening day was like and what people had to say:
Progress is also being made on Newport City Centre’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme. Through VVP, landmark city centre properties are being transformed and converted into new living accommodation and attractive commercial space. The Council was awarded £15 million by Welsh Government for the VVP programme, which is expected to lead to a total investment of £60 million in the city centre, thanks to partnerships with the third and private sectors.
Planning permission has been granted for the Wales International Convention Centre on land at the Celtic Manor Resort. Designed to attract major events from across the world, the proposed state-of-the-art auditorium, exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England. The centre will build on Newport’s reputation as an international centre for sports and business events, following its successful hosting of the NATO Summit and the Ryder Cup.
Completed projects and investments have already delivered huge transformation for the city including Friars Walk, a world class university campus, state of the art business premises, a new railway station, revamped market, new bus station, iconic architecture and a new waterfront district providing riverside homes and leisure opportunities.
Friars Walk now open!
Read more about Friars Walk shopping and leisure scheme