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Discover our unique selection of independent retailers

There are over 40 independent retailers at intu Metrocentre, from unique fashion shops to family-run restaurants, beautiful salons to quirky gift shops

Did you know that there are over 40 independent retailers at intu Metrocentre? From unique fashion shops to family-run restaurants, beautiful salons to quirky gift shops, there is a wide variety of independent local businesses to suit everyone’s taste.

Next time you’re visiting intu Metrocentre, be sure to check out some of these independent businesses!

Opening times may vary, so please check with the retailer direct before visiting.

Unique fashion stores:

Paris Dress House

Whether you’re getting married, going to prom or attending Ladies Day at the Races, be the belle of the ball in a dress from Paris Dress House. You will find a dress for every formal occasion here.

Demure Leather

As you can tell by the name, Demure specialises in leather. Invest in that leather jacket you’ve always wanted that will last for years to come. Visit Demure for men and women’s quality leather clothing and accessories.

Pret a Vie

Looking for something different for the little one to wear? Independent childrenswear store, Pret a Vie has a range of beautiful Spanish-inspired and unique continental clothing for babies and toddlers of up to three years old.

Tasty food spots:

Greek Gyros

Reminisce about your Greek holiday over a gyros and a side of halloumi fries at Greek Gyros! The restaurant only opened last year but has become increasingly popular thanks to their authentic and tasty food. Visit Greek Gyros in the upper blue mall for a taste of Greece that reminds you of being on holiday!


Feeling thirsty? Discover a new way to enjoy a refreshing drink at MooBoo. Inspired by traditional Taiwanese bubble tea, you will find more than a thousand combination of delicious flavours and toppings, including tapioca, jellies and flavoured popping balls.

Cookery Nook

This café serves up traditional British breakfast and lunch dishes. Perfect for a quick bite to dine in or takeaway. Best known for their quiches, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, and cakes, you will not be disappointed with Cookery Nook, it is comfort food at its best.

Petit Delice

French-inspired Petit Delice is a café which offers continental snacks and delicacies. The café is situated in The Village so you can enjoy a nice lunch in the surrounding that makes you feel like you’re in a quaint little village.

Hair & beauty:

Appearance by Cover and Cover Beauty salons

Appearance By Cover and Cover Beauty salons offers many beauty treatment with the mission to offer every client who walks through their doors a unique experience in a special environment. Book an appointment to get truly pampered at Appearance by Cover or Cover Beauty salons as a treat or for an upcoming event. Treatments including eyebrow threading & eyelash tinting, manicures, pedicures, male grooming and more!

Foxy Hair Extensions

Award-winning Foxy Hair Extensions was born from a desire to provide ladies with the hair of their dreams at a price they can afford. With a vast range of colours and two different textures to choose from, Foxy guarantees seamless results that perfectly match their client’s hair. Book an appointment or consultation with the expert team to get the flowing locks you’ve always wished for.

Barber shops

There are many barber shops to choose from at intu Metrocentre, many of which are independently owned. We know that a lot of you are keen to get your lockdown hair trimmed and tidied, visit any one of these fine barber shops to get your barnet sorted: The Men’s Room, Traditional Barbershop, Turkish Barbers, Brooklyn Barbers and Guys Original Barbershop to name a few!

Quirky gift shops:

HandPICKED (due to open on 16 August)

HandPICKED is often described as “an Aladdin’s cave of locally made goods” and it really is! Carefully curated, their product range is indeed handpicked from local designers and independent businesses. The store is managed and run by Gateshead college, providing real projects in real life business settings for their students to experience. The store is a social enterprise with profits donated back to the Gateshead College Foundation. Visit HandPICKED for a colourful array of delights ranging from stylish homeware, beautiful jewellery, vintage prints, and local products which reflect their Geordie heritage.

The Back Page

The Back Page in the upper blue mall is the largest shop of its kind with over 2,250 sq ft of sports books, football memorabilia, souvenirs and a huge range of North East gifts. As well as all the licensed products, The Back Page specialise in exclusive designs in their bespoke range. It’s a must-visit for sports fans!


Florida Print

Florida Print has been established for over 25 years. They are a unique design, print and copy shop based in the lower yellow mall. Whatever the occasion, Florida Print can help! They specialise in garment and gift printing for all occasions, including t-shirts, football tops, boots, canvases, mugs, plates and many more – absolutely perfect for individual gifts or promotional goods for small businesses.

The Glasses Factory

As a well-known opticians and eyewear specialist within the north east, The Glasses Factory is dedicated to bringing you top brands at affordable prices with first-class service. If you require a new prescription or just fancy a new set of frames, get in touch with The Glasses Factory for an appointment today!

Watch Repair Centre

Leave your timepieces in the confident hands of the team at Watch Repair Centre who offer unparallel level of service and expertise. The team of watchmakers are formally trained by Rolex and will meticulously repair your watch component by component.

New Gold Stitch

Need a garment altered? Looking for a dry clean? No problem! Drop into New Gold Stitch to discuss your requirements. They also offer bespoke tailoring and dress making, so if you have something in mind, New Gold Stitch can make your garment from scratch to your specifications.


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