On Friday 1st June 1988, intu Potteries (then The Potteries Shopping Centre) opened to hundreds of excited shoppers. It took three years to build, cost £45m and 3 million bricks produced locally were used.
HRH Princess Margaret visited the centre on the 13th November 1989. She unveiled the Princess Margaret vase made by Wedgwood which celebrated the industrial heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, steel, coal and clay. The vase was displayed in the centre until the late 2000’s and can now be viewed at Wedgwood Visitors Centre in Barlaston.
Not just royalty has visited the centre, over the years hundreds of famous visitors and children’s characters have paid us a visit. From local sporting figures Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall to stargazer Sir Patrick Moore CBE. Even 90’s favorites The Power Rangers and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have entertained crowds of shoppers.
With retailers to tailor to all ages and gender, some of our original tenants and retail staff are still in the centre 30 years later. Bev Brownsill who has worked at The Body Shop for 30 years said, “30 years at The Body Shop in the centre and I have loved every minute of it! From the staff, the products and all the customers along the way.”
In 2015, the centre had a £20m investment with the extension of a brand new 70,000sq ft. leisure complex, The Hive. Home to Bon Pan Asian, Chiquito, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, PizzaExpress, Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s, Coast to Coast and Cineworld.
Now 30 years later intu Potteries boasts an annual footfall of 11 million, the same size as the population of Greece. With over 80 shops, 7 restaurants and a 9-screen cinema, the centre is a thriving retail and leisure destination. intu Potteries is one of the 20 shopping centres owned by intu within the UK and Spain.
To celebrate the centre’s pearl anniversary, an exhibition showcasing old photographs and documents can be viewed by River Island for the whole month of June. With key facts, staff and retailer quotes and lots of nostalgic photos, take a trip down memory lane. Sandrine Rutter, marketing manager said “We wanted to celebrate our anniversary by allowing our shoppers to reminisce about the centre. Can shoppers remember the construction works before we opened or do they know which of our retailers have been in the same spot for 30 years?”.
intu provides additional support and customer service for our customers with dementia, their families and carers.
Following our drive to make our centres autism friendly, this year we are working towards becoming dementia friendly, using Dementia Action Week as an opportunity to raise awareness and create some dementia friendly activities.
Some of the activities we will be doing throughout the…Read more
Our corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives are closely tied to the successful running of our centres and help deliver operational excellence. Equipping staff to meet the needs of customers with autism or ensuring, via our skills programmes, that retailers can access a better-prepared talent pool of potential employees – these activities directly support the welcome our customers receive at our …Download
Shoppers can be assured that they’re in very safe hands when visiting intu Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, as the team is celebrating the achievement of the Park Mark – Safer Parking Scheme award for 16 years running! Plus, they have been awarded Park Mark status for the surface car park adjacent to its leisure complex which includes 7 restaurants and a 9-screen cinema.
A Park Mark is awarded to…Read more