Tesco Kingston Park (2007)
Kingston Park shown within Tyne and Wear
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Kingston Park is a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, about 4 miles (6 km) north west of the city centre.
It is home to several large retailers, the largest being one of Tesco's flagship stores—at 11,055 square metres (119,000 sq ft) which was also the largest supermarket in the United Kingdom for a period of time. Kingston Park is served by Kingston Park station on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
The suburb was largely built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and its Metro station was not part of the original system, because the area did not have the required population density when the Metro was first planned. In the 2010s the Great Park development began to extend north from Kingston Park. The residential areas were originally named Kingston Park, Kenton Bank Foot, Tudor Grange and Ouseburn Park, although over time all of these have come to be known collectively as Kingston Park. Most of the housing to the south of Kingston Park Metro station was built by developers such as Leech and originally sold on a leasehold basis. Some of the housing to the north of the station was built as council-owned rented properties, although many were bought by tenants under the Government's right-to-buy scheme.
Shopping and business
Aside from Tesco Extra, other stores on the Kingston Retail Park include, Boots, Carphone Warehouse, Brantano, Poundland, Matalan, Pets at Home, T.K. Maxx, Halfords, Currys, PC World, Next, Mothercare, McDonald's, Greggs, William Hill and Marks & Spencer.
Prior to the building of the Tesco Extra, there was an older Tesco on the opposite side of the car park, and Metro stations for a number of years (built in a 1980s red-brick barn style, and demolished in 2001). There was also a Presto, in the Kingston Park Shopping Centre, which later became a branch of Netto.
Kingston Park stadium
The area houses the Kingston Park Stadium, which is home to the Newcastle Falcons rugby union team, and also hosts the home football fixtures of Newcastle United's reserve team. The Falcons, then known as Newcastle Gosforth, moved into Kingston Park Stadium in 1990; prior to this site had been the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal Sports Ground.
Kingston Park also has a Tyne and Wear Metro station, with direct services to Newcastle Airport, Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead and Sunderland. It was opened on 15 September 1985, four years after the Metro line had begun service.
Kingston Park Primary School is based in Kingston Park. There are about 350 pupils from Nursery to Year 6. The school has won many awards, which include, Charter Mark, Sport England & Healthy School. The school also have many clubs, which include football and netball, to chess and creative writing. The school also has an "Eco Council", to help the environment in the school grounds.
The majority of Year 6 pupils go up to Kenton School.
There are several youth groups in and around the Kingston Park area. One such group is 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC).
- Dangerfield, Andrew (16 January 2007). "The continued rise of Tesco non-food". BBC News. Retrieved 27 January 2007.
Staff roller blade in the UK's largest Tesco in Newcastle.
- "Tesco to create UK's biggest store". This is Money. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-27.
Currently, Tesco's largest store stands at 11,055 square metres (119,000 sq ft), while rivals Asda and Sainsbury's biggest shops are 10,219 and 8,082 square metres (110,000 and 86,990 sq ft)
- "Overview". Kingston Court Retail Park, Kingston Park. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Airport Industrial Estate". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Awards". Kingston Park Primary School. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
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