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RAFT OF NEW SIGNINGS CONFIRMED FOR FRIARS WALK

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JD, Krispy Kreme, Occasions Cards, Pandora and the Candle Company have all been confirmed for Friars Walk in Newport which opens on 12 November this year amounting to another 12,000 sq ft of retail space.

JD are taking a 6000 sq ft unit. JD is the leading trainer and sports fashion retailer in the UK and sell many limited edition and exclusive designs from Adidas Originals and Nike.

Pandora are an international Danish jewellery manufacturer and retailer founded in 1982 by Per Enevoldsen. The company started as a family-run jewellery shop in Copenhagen before transforming to an international brand.

Kate Walsh, VP of Retail, said ‘We are thrilled to announce the relocation of our new store embodies a Scandinavian, feminine design and acts as the perfect setting for our beautiful hand-finished jewellery.’

Mike Dowell, CEO of Krispy Kreme said: ‘Friars Walk is a great opportunity for us to bring the Fresh Every Day taste of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to our fans in and around the Newport and South East Wales. We are counting down the days to opening which always causes a great deal of excitement’.

Occasions Cards and the Candle Company will also take units in the scheme.

Occasions is a growing UK card retailer currently with stores in the following towns – Fareham, Locks Heath, Woolton Bassett, Hungerford, Wantage, Warminster, Melksham, Plymstock, Thornbury, Didcot, Salisbury, Newton Abbot, Devizes, Bridgwater, Broadstone and two outlet shops at Portchester and Gillingham. The retailer is attempting to build off this base in smaller towns to grow into larger mainstream/prime retail environments and also has a store under offer at Westfield Bradford which also opens this November.  Occasions will stock a range of cards and gifts and will also have a chocolate and confectionary concession.

The Candle Company  is a gift store specialising in own brand candles originally from the USA. They have managed to create a brand that now has a cult following in the UK due to its’ wide range of products and seasonal changes. It will add something different to the mix in Friars Walk.

Stuart Harris, Commercial Director and Co Founder said: ‘With just over 3 months until we open it is extremely positive news for the city to be able to announce the next tranche of new signings for Friars Walk.  Watch this space for other new names to be announced over the course of the next month. We’ve now agreed terms on 80% of the space in Friars Walk.’

‘These are great names to have coming to Friars Walk. It’s an exciting time for the city and a busy time for us, we have around 400 people working on site and the build is moving ahead at pace with fit outs already underway for Debenhams and Cineworld with more commencing over the summer weeks.

Construction of the 390,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme in the heart of Newport city centre is well advanced and opens on 12th November this year.

Queensberry Real Estate has designed Friars Walk so it integrates seamlessly in to Newport’s existing retail and leisure offer. Friars Walk will bring more than 390,000 sq ft of modern, well-configured retail and leisure space. It will include a full offer Debenhams Department Store, 35 retail units including Next, H&M, Top Shop, River Island and New Look, an 8 screen Cineworld multiplex cinema, 11 restaurants, 350 parking spaces and a major new bus station interchange.

On completion the scheme will provide an estimated 1,200 jobs worth around £15 million in salaries a year to the local economy. This is in addition to the jobs created during the construction phase and the potential for local companies to be involved in the supply chain of the centre.