More retail and leisure brands flock to Friars Walk

Posted on Thursday 8th October 2015


Queensberry Real Estate has secured 10,000 sq ft of new lettings to popular high street brands including Jack & Jones, The Body Shop, Wagamama and Tiger for Friars Walk.

These new fashion and beauty brands will be a further addition to the line-up at the scheme, which is anchored by a 95,000 sq ft Debenhams and boasts other leading brands including Next, H&M, Top Shop, New Look and River Island.

In addition, Wagamama has confirmed it will be taking 3,100 sq ft of leisure space next to Prezzo and GBK - bringing the restaurant section to fully let. Wagamama will bring a different offer to Friars Walk, and its popular Japanese ramen bars and Asian menu continues to be popular with consumers.

The new signing will be a further addition to the scheme's comprehensive leisure offer which boasts an eight screen Cineworld multiplex cinema and restaurants brands including Loungers, Las Iguanas, Le Bistrot Pierre, GBK, TGI Fridays, Prezzo, Nandos, Frankie & Bennys, and Chiquitos.

Stuart Harris, Commercial Director and Co-Founder at Queensberry Real Estate, said: "We expect to be 85 per cent let on opening, with six additional retail and leisure brands in the pipeline and negotiations currently taking place on the remaining space. Newport is making a huge leap up the retail rankings with other shops and restaurants also opening in other areas of the city as well as new hotels, houses, flats, and offices.

"There is a real buzz of excitement around the city at the moment and it's a real privilege to be part of the city's renaissance."

Friars Walk serves as the focal point of the comprehensive programme of regeneration underway in Newport, which has become one of Wales' fastest growing cities. The hotly anticipated scheme will make Newport a top 100 UK retail destination and provide an estimated 1,200 jobs within the shops and restaurants. The scheme boasts 350 parking spaces and a major new bus station interchange.

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