Visitors to Metrocentre looking for world-class shopping, dining, and leisure are guaranteed a great day out at this must-visit shopping haven. At Metrocentre we provide shoppers with over 300 popular high-street shops over five sprawling, colourful malls to make your shopping experience a breeze. Whether you're looking for fashionable clothes, delicious food, or a place to spend the night under the stars, we have everything you need right here.
There are more than 300 stores at Metrocentre, offering something for everyone. If you love fashion then you'll find big names like Paul Smith and Versace alongside some of the most innovative new brands on the scene today. If you're looking for gifts then there's a fantastic selection of home goods, from stylish towels to amazing furniture, and if you're hungry then we have some of the best restaurants in Newcastle and North East England including Zizzi, Frankie & Benny's, KFC, Starbucks, and Wimpy.
The centre was built in 1983 and is owned by Canadian company The Westfield Group. It covers an area of about 166,000 square feet (15,000 m2) and has three levels of shops. The top level is called The Galleria and it houses all the luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Prada, and Gucci. Next down is The Central Square with its range of independent retailers, and finally there's The Base Level with its own brand of shops.
U.K. Metrocentre The Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead, England, has over 340 retailers under one roof and is Europe's largest mall, with 194,400 square meters (2.1 million square feet) of retail area. Parking is free all day at the Metrocentre, and there are about 10,000 parking spots in four color-coded sections. The center was built by Cammell Laird between 1972 and 1976 for £25 million ($44 million at current rates).
In addition to a large selection of shops, the Metrocenter has two cinema complexes, an exhibition space, a variety of restaurants, a fountain court, and an underground station that serves the center and surrounding areas.
It is estimated that more than 10 million people visit the Metrocenter each year. The site also hosts three other major shopping centers called Metrogate, Metroland, and Metrowest. These sister centers share many of the same tenants but have their own identity too. For example, Metroland has a focus on discount clothing while Metrogate specializes in houseware and gifts.
All five centers are owned by Intu Properties and were previously known as "Intu Central." In September 2016, it was announced that Intu was planning to sell the centers to avoid financial difficulties due to poor property prices and high rents. The sale was completed in February 2017 to a Chinese consortium called Dalian Wanda Group for $165 million.
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These retail malls house almost 65,000 specialty stores. Customers' foot traffic in shopping malls may be significantly higher and more concentrated than in other retail sites, which benefits shops who lease space in them. Also, since customers are looking for something specific, big box stores tend to focus on a few high-quality brands instead of many low-quality ones.
Specialty stores can be divided into five main categories: clothing stores, bookstores, music stores, art galleries, and craft stores. Each category has several subcategories that include clothing sizes, colors, and styles; books by authors or publishers; music genres such as rock, pop, or classical; film or television series; artists or musicians; and jewelry, pottery, or glass items.
Bookstores usually divide books into three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and children's books. Music stores sell both new releases and used albums. Art galleries feature paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by contemporary artists. Craft stores sell products made from natural materials such as wood, clay, and stone. Some specialty stores only sell one type of product but they are so specialized that they are included in this list.
Shopping centers with more than one specialty shop often have a common area or section where they can display and sell their products at lower prices than elsewhere.