Stores boost for town centre

By Martin Neville

Monday, November 12, 2012


NEWPORT town centre is to receive an economic boost with the arrival of two national fashion chains.

Peacocks has announced it is reopening its branch in South Street, Newport on Thursday (15), creating 11 jobs.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight’s first Jane Norman store will open in what was formerly Bon Marche next door. However, an opening date has yet to be confirmed.

Bon Marche and Peacocks were bought by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group after going into administration.

Peacocks in Newport closed in February this year, with the loss of around ten jobs.



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by T Rollingsworth

14th November 2012, at 09:30:06

Sue, it will benefit the Island economy as it will create 10 jobs (assuming they need the same number of staff) additional to the revenue the rental of the otherwise empty buildings will generate.

Would be nice to see some decent shops opening in Newport though, too many clothes shops.

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by Carol Mawby

13th November 2012, at 17:37:41

Nice to see empty shops being reused...but still would have prefered to see Bon Marche come back into newport...

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by sue morrison

13th November 2012, at 11:14:24

I would have preferred to see a Primark in town but hey ho it means 2 less empty shops in Newport. However it does little for the island economy as all monies made go back to the mainland.

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12th November 2012, at 23:19:32

Its great to hear the return of Peacocks and that Jane Norman has decided to come to NEWPORT. With the CON / LIB sailing the country into choppy waters and Wightlink sticking TWO fingers UP to the island.

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by Stephen Elliott

12th November 2012, at 20:13:09

This is business not social. The council have no say on business.
Are you all dumb? Jeez would you open your shop in freshwater or Newport, lets say freshwater gives you sales of £7k a week or Newport that gives £13k a week! You want to make money so which location do you choose?

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by kevin froment

12th November 2012, at 18:53:39

mike, i completely agree with your comments about newport, if any regeneration is happening, and i did say if, then it is always newport, waitrose opened in east cowes and all that has done is take away a public car park, we even have to use the supermarket car park to visit the doctors surgery, and kieth, i also agree with you, i cant understand why peacocks or anyone else for that matter would want to open a shop in east cowes, it is a populated marshalling yard for red funnel, brought about by uncaring, and i do have other words, people who should know better

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by Mike Crowe

12th November 2012, at 18:35:25

Kieth, I see that you are another of those who only see Newport as 'THE' Isle of Wight and that is how it has been since the Isle of Wight County Council swallowed South Wight Council and Medina Council and they will allow the rest of the Island to die.

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by Michael Cox

12th November 2012, at 18:31:37

good news for the island and for its tourist industry.

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by Keith Hunnybun

12th November 2012, at 18:29:11

Hmmmmn, the real clue is in THE CAPITAL, that's why they are opening in Newport. There are shops dying all over the Island but it's because people don't use them, having a Peacocks or any other shop open in East Cowes isn't going to change that! Waitrose hasn't made the town a thriving hub of activity has it?

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by Mike Crowe

12th November 2012, at 18:03:17

Isaac my apologies I spelt your name incorrectly

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