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FRIARS WALK OPENS - A NEW CHAPTER FOR NEWPORT


Friars Walk, the city’s much anticipated retail and leisure scheme, opened to the public on Thursday 12 November.


After the official opening by Councillor Bob Bright, Leader of Newport City Council, the crowds swept in to get their first look at the shops, restaurants and cinema.


Councillor Bright cut the ribbon in the presence of Newport’s Mayor,


Councillor Herbie Thomas, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, Paul Sargent and Stuart Harris co-founders of Queensberry Real Estate.


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STORY AND HOW NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL HELPED TO MAKE THE VISION A REALITY


The Rt Revd Bishop of Monmouth, Richard Pain, then blessed the new centre.


Welsh fashion designer Julien McDonald officially opened the anchor store Debenhams, one of 25 stores that welcomed shoppers from day one.


More shops, including M&S Foodhall, and restaurants were due to open in the coming weeks and, just before opening day, it was announced that Superbowl had signed up and would be coming to Friars Walk next year.


Friars Walk was the result of a public-private partnership between the council and Queensberry Real Estate.


Councillor Bright described Thursday 12 November as a momentous day for the city, its residents and businesses.


“It was the day our vision became a reality. Friars Walk is an exemplar for partnership working between the public and private sector, and it has proved a catalyst for investment in the city centre.


“We are seeing a renaissance with new and returning businesses opening both in Friars Walk and the city centre. These will contribute millions of pounds to the local economy, bringing far-reaching benefits for all those who live in, work in and visit Newport for many years to come.”


Mr Sargent, Chief Executive of Queensberry Real Estate, said at the opening:


“The opening of the £117 million Friars Walk development is a major milestone for the city of Newport. It has turned around the retail and leisure offer in the city, while giving a significant boost to the local economy through £90 million of direct investment.”


The First Minister of Wales, said:


“This fantastic development will breathe new life into the city.


“As well as providing a great array of shops, restaurants and a new cinema, it will deliver much needed employment, supporting businesses and the community.”


He added that the council’s vision in making Friars Walk a reality should be highly commended.


“I’d like to congratulate everyone who’s worked so hard to make Friars Walk a reality. It’s an ambitious and prestigious development worthy of a great city like Newport.”


The exciting 390,000 sq. ft. (36,230 sq m) Friars Walk has 35 retail units and 11 restaurants, and it was 85 per cent let on opening day with more expected to sign up in the months to come.


Debenhams, Next, Topshop , Nando’s, GBK and Le Bistro Pierre were among those welcoming shoppers and diners. There is also Cineworld’s eight-screen cinema and a 350 space car park.


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