Debenhams to Open in Newport City Centre Redevelopment
Friday, 23rd March 2012An exciting boost for Newport as it is announced that retail giant Debenhams will be the lead store in Newport’s multi-million pound redevelopment. Developer Queensberry Real Estate has signed the department store as the main anchor of the proposed Friars Walk scheme in John Frost Square. City council leader Matthew Evans said the signing of Debenhams was a “momentous milestone” for the project. He said: “The Friars Walk scheme is one of only four currently progressing in the UK. “Our patience will be rewarded with an achievable scheme that will deliver the type of shops that will enhance the offer we already have. “This is a significant building block in this scheme and is the positive news we have been waiting for.” Cllr Ed Townsend, c a b i n e t member for regeneration, said the signing was the start of a new chapter and a positive step towards a brighter further for the city. He said other retailers are known to be interested in the scheme, and he was sure they would now be queuing up to be part of it. Plans for Friars Walk, which include a four-storey anchor store, new shopping centre, eight restaurants and cafes, six-screen cinema, new bus station and parking, are recommended for approval by the city’s Planning committee on Monday. Further good news came with the announcement the Welsh Government will commit £900,000 to improve Newport Bus Station. The cash was announced yesterday as part of a £10.6 million package for the South East Wales Transport Alliance regional transport co-ordination group.