20 highly regarded Metrocentre stores we wish were still open now from Woolworths to C&A and Warner Bros
It might be hard to believe, but the Metrocentre turned 35 this week!
Yes, it was in 1986, a year after the launch of EastEnders and even before the release of Dirty Dancing, that the famous Gateshead shopping center first opened with great excitement.
If you’ve been to the Metrocentre lately, you’ll know the Covid pandemic has hit the center hard, with dozens of empty stores, including big names like Topshop, Debenhams and Dorothy Perkins all gone.
And recently, there was a big blow to shoppers when it was revealed that the Disney Store was closing after almost 20 years.
READ MORE: 10 Things You Won’t Know Until You Were To Metroland Back Then
When most people think of the Metrocentre, they immediately think of Metroland and the many memories it conjures up, but, far from the iconic indoor theme park and its neighboring foodie mecca, Clockwork Court, there were plenty of opportunities. to run wild in the aisles of the many shops that the center once housed.
Here 20 you will inevitably remember …
We’ll start with one that was also a popular hangout in Newcastle city center.
Whether it’s faded jeans you are looking for, a flannel shirt, a Kangol style cap or a cream denim jacket, you will find it at Geordies.
A must visit for anyone enjoying a night out on the town or a school nightclub in the 90s.
A retail giant we’d love to see make a triumphant return.
The Woolworths subway store was absolutely huge.
A hot spot for the latest singles releases, Ladybird clothing for schools and of course her legendary pick and mix booth, Woolworths has been hinted at for a comeback on several occasions, but so far rumors haven’t not been founded.
Remember the good old days when you flipped through a vacation brochure dreaming of where you wanted to fly?
Located on the edge of the Mediterranean Village, Lunn Poly was also a great place to visit to pick up brochures if you needed pictures of exotic destinations for a school project or homework.
Like many music stores, Our Price has long bitten the dust.
In the ’90s, this was one of the places to go if you wanted to grab the latest releases, with headsets in the store allowing you to listen before you buy.
It was followed by the V-Shop and the Music Zone which were also popular with the shoppe4rs of Gateshead.
At the turn of the millennium, Tucci was the number 1 calling point if you were looking for a logo top or shirt to follow your friends, be it FCUK or Ben Sherman.
Warner Brothers Store
Before the Disney store arrived in Gateshead, there was the Warner Bros. Store, officially opened by New Adventures of Superman Dean Cain store, which drew huge crowds into the store.
The store sold a huge range of products from t-shirts to packed lunch boxes and had a spaceship in the back, which had a series of sound effect buttons to push.
If you were a tween or teen in the 90s this was the place to go if you wanted to keep up with the latest trends from bubble shoes to Clueless style plaid skirts. or the pants / skirt hybrid made famous by stars including the Steps Girls.
From clothes to toys now. While Toys R Us was a short distance away in the Metro Retail Park, Beatties was under the roof of the Metrocentre.
He’s sold everything from oars to Polly Pockets and Captain Planet figures to vintage cars.
Early learning center
Still on the subject of toys, the ELC is where many children will have first set their sights on the famous yellow and red cars.
With its own sandbox, the shop was also a great way to try and delay your mom and dad from letting you go!
Although famous for her clothes, Jane Norman was also a shop that created a buzz for her bags.
Lots of girls have been clamoring to get their hands on a Jane Norman carry bag to carry their books to school or college!
After a good pair of shoes for the job or glittering strappy heels for the city? You would have definitely gone here!
One of the most alternative shops in the Metrocentre. Fancy a mood ring like the one Vada had in the movie My Girl? Or maybe a ying and yang keychain? Babayaga is said to have them, alongside a wide range of candles and incense sticks.
An iconic boutique across the UK, C&A had something for the whole family, from winter coats to holiday wear and work outfits to overalls for a school ski trip.
A store that was probably the bane of many parents’ lives due to fears the bluetack would get stuck on the walls of their children’s room, Athena has sold every poster you could think of, from Nirvana album covers to Titanic.
Fancy a bright and colorful sweater adorned with an equally eye-catching logo? This was the store for you!
Let’s be honest, it was a bit of a hit and miss, selling trinkets including scent liners, jewelry boxes, and cookie boxes to transport you back in time.
One of the heavyweights of the Métrocentre for a long time and not only for his clothes either.
If you’ve ever slipped into the BHS Cafe menu you’ll know it made a great Full English Dinner and Sunday!
Remember the days when the O2 Academy had their Bulletproof Party every Saturday and people wore T-shirts with the tongue out of the Rolling Stones Forty Licked or The Clash?
Well, this is the store that helped get you fired for what you needed to have a hot pint in your hand while dancing to the Arctic Monkeys debut album.
If you remember the good old days when you could buy plain cassettes in cardboard sleeves or CDs with postcards that you could send to have things of your favorite acts sent to you, chances are you you remember this shop.
A mecca for any self-respecting jeans connoisseur in the early ’90s, Republic was bursting with jeans, denim jackets and plaid shirts and had a huge locker room.
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