The store is an 'express' format. Credit: via Aver

Go Outdoors lands at Metrocentre

The outdoor clothing and equipment retailer has launched a 20,200 sq ft store at the Gateshead retail destination, taking over the former Wilko space.

Having taken the unit on Blue Mall, the new store stocks an array of outerwear brands such as Rab, OEX, and Berghaus, as well as a full range of footwear and camping equipment.

Operating as a Go Outdoors Express, it also delivers additional services, such as boot and rucksack fitting, and has been designed for an omnichannel experience, enhancing and elevating the customer journey with in-store collection and drop-off points.

Ben Cox, director at Sovereign Centros from CBRE, said: “GO Outdoors is a welcome addition to Metrocentre and highlights our quick and hands-on approach to finding an alternative tenant for the former Wilko space.

“Not only does it provide a dedicated space for our customers that love the great outdoors, but also complements the wider retail offer that we have evolved over the last few years. It consolidates our position in the market as the go-to destination for retail in the North East, where brands like GO Outdoors thrive.”

Lee Bagnall, chief executive at GO Outdoors, added: “We have had a fantastic couple of years at GO, as more and more people are reaping the benefits of the outdoors for their physical and mental well-being, and this new store is the outcome of that success.

“We’re looking forward to offering more customers our unbeatable range of outdoor clothing, footwear, and equipment, whilst also supporting our local community and offering jobs in Tyne and Wear.”

This announcement follows the news that The Escapologist, the immersive escape room and bar provider, is set to join Metrocentre in the coming months, as the operator’s debut in the North East.

It will occupy 4,367 sq ft on Metrocentre’s Yellow Mall, bringing tailored and immersive escape rooms as well as a bar and restaurant offer.

Lunson Mitchenall and Time Retail Partners act for Metrocentre.

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