intu Eldon Square has announced that Andrew Bradley has been appointed as the new General Manager for the centre, the retail heart of Newcastle city centre and one of the largest shopping destinations in the UK.
Andrew joins the shopping destination with over thirty years of industry experience and retail knowledge.
Originally from Scotland, Andy took up his first retail role at the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln where he progressed from a Customer Services Officer to Operations Manager. He left the centre in 1996 to take over as Campus Manager of the new Lincoln University Campus, the first university to be purpose built in the UK in 25 years.
Andy continued to gain further retail experience at shopping centres across the UK including managing the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham when it opened in 1998 for two years, followed by an Operations Director role supporting three properties in Birmingham, Leeds and The Gate in Newcastle. In 2008, Andy was offered the opportunity to take over the East Kilbride Shopping Centre in Scotland, Scotland’s largest shopping centre where he spent two years there steering it safely through the recession before returning to the North East once again as Centre Director of the Bridges with Land Securities. In 2012 Andy won ‘UK Centre Manager of the Year’, a prestigious shopping centre industry award.
Gavin Prior, operations director at intu, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to the team. Having spent his life in the retail sector, Andrew comes with great experience managing shopping centres up and down the country. Most recently he has been managing The Bridges in Sunderland, so comes with a wealth of city centre and regional knowledge of the North East.”
Andrew added: “I am delighted to join the team at intu Eldon Square, who have been working incredibly hard over recent months to ensure the centre is a safe place to visit and work. I’m really excited to be joining at a time when we are faced with new challenges in an ever-changing retail and leisure sector.”
Non-essential retail stores at intu Eldon Square re-opened from Monday 15 June, and additional measures continue to be in place to ensure the centre is a safe place to visit and work. These include marked routes, social distance markers, hand sanitisation available at all key touch points and continued enhanced cleaning regimes. From Friday 24 July and in line with Government guidance, anyone visiting the centre, whether that is to work or shop, must wear a face covering when entering and walking around the malls