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Queensberry Real Estate was selected as the council’s preferred development partner.

Debenhams, Next, Topshop and Cineworld sign up. Planning permission was granted in May.

Demolition began in John Frost Square and Upper Dock Street. Full council agreed to make a commercial loan of £90 million to QRE to enable works to proceed.

In January, the former

Capitol car park was demolished. Construction began in the spring.

Newport City Council Leader, Cllr Bob Bright, opened Friars Walk on 12 November, quickly followed by Julien Macdonald who officially opened Debenams.

The £117 million Friars Walk development will create 1,200 jobs on site. Newport’s shopping catchment area will grow from 211,000 to 367,000 with an estimated footfall of 10 to 12 million per year, and it will double retail sales in the city adding £100 million per year.

From opening day, 25 of Friars Walk stores, six restaurants and the

eight-screen Cineworld cinema welcomed shoppers, diners and film-goers.

Debenhams, Topshop, New Look, River Island, Mothercare, Schuh, The Body Shop and Tiger were among those ready for the shoppers.

Family-friendly restaurants Las Iguanas, Nandos, TGI Fridays, GBK and Le Bistro Pierre were serving up


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Outside Friars Walk, a number of new businesses have sprung to life or are getting ready to open in the city centre.

In High Street, retailer Bibi Bags began trading this autumn and new bar and grill Slipping Jimmy’s has opened, while Tiny Rebel Brewery is getting ready to open on the High Street side

a wide range of dishes while Greggs, Coffee #1 and Krispy Kreme were available for those wanting a quick coffee or bite to eat.

Others, including M&S Food, Sketchers, Holland and Barrett and Vodaphone, were due to open over the coming weeks as they continued to fit out their new premises.

of Newport Market –

the splendid Victorian building with its excellent independent traders.

Work is continuing on the former King’s Hotel to create smart new apartments, offices and retail units as part of the Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme.

Sports Direct and Pound World have opened in Commercial Street,

A new bowling alley is set to open early next year.

Christmas opening times are:

Shopping: Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm Saturday 9am – 7pm Sunday and Bank Holiday 10am – 5pm

toy shop The Entertainer has moved into Austin Friars and Burger King is serving customers nearby.

The VVP programme has also seen the National Buildings on Commercial Street restored to its former glory, while the former King William pub overlooking Mariner’s Green has been refurbished to provide apartments and a smart new coffee shop on the ground floor.

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