Friars Walk is now under new ownership following the successful completion of the sale by Queensberry to Canadian investment company, Talisker Corporation. Newport City Council Leader, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, has welcomes the deal which will ensure the council can repay the loan it took to finance the scheme in full.

Councillor Wilcox, said:

“Firstly I would like to thank all those involved in what is necessarily a complex process for successfully completing the sale and welcome Talisker to the city. I believe their confidence and commitment to Friars Walk bodes well for the future of both the centre and Newport. The Council will have a continuing financial interest in the scheme through a small share in the rental income that will bring benefits to the city for many years to come.”

David Howard, of Talisker said:

“We are very excited about the newest addition to our portfolio of UK properties. Friars Walk offers a modern, well thought out scheme with a secure income stream with a lot of potential for future growth. “

Paul Sargent, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Queensberry said:

“It was always our intention to develop and sell on Friars Walk. I believe Friars Walk is at a good point as we exit. It has been successfully trading since November 2015. Last year it was awarded REVO’s coveted Gold Award for Best New Centre of 2015. Footfall is strong, averaging over 10 million visitors a year and tenants are reported as trading well.”