The closed Metrocentre store Photo: SARAH CALDECOTT (Image: SARAH CALDECOTT)
A department store in the Métrocentre closed its doors barely two years after welcoming its first customers.
The Red Mall’s Next Beauty & Home Store was seen closed earlier this week as signs informed customers of the closure.
The store, which had its own beauty salon with kiosks and a range of furniture, opened in October 2020 after closing as Debenhams a few months before.
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At the time, Next described the opening of the first of its kind for the North East as an “exciting opportunity” and one that will bring a number of jobs.
The boutique stocked hundreds of high-end brands, including Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Dermalogica, Bare Minerals, Benefit, Clarins and Clinique.
But on Thursday November 4, signs confirming the closure could be seen, directing customers to the remaining Next outlets in the Green Mall and Metro Retail Park.
The closure of Next Beauty & Home coincides with the signing of a 15-year lease with the bosses of Metrocentre and Sports Direct.
In August, it was confirmed that discount sports brand and high-end retailer Flannels would both move into the 130,000 square foot site.
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At the time, Graeme Jones, director of Sovereign Centros, said: “These rentals will create a new destination point for the central Red Mall.
“The store is located on one of the main entrances to the center and is therefore important from a visual presentation point of view.
“The transaction completes a major element of our business plan by leasing excess space from the former department store.”
Mr. Jones added: “Retail interest in the Center is strong. Not only are we attracting new premium brands, but existing retailers are expanding into new flagship stores.
“Both JD and H&M increased their workforces earlier this year and are trading very well.”
Earlier this year, Harrods opened its first beauty salon in the North East with its new H Beauty store in the mall’s former House of Fraser.
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