Shopping centre’s new manager can’t wait to get started

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Princes Quay is the most exciting project I’ve been involved with. Meet Princes Quay's new Centre Manager – John Magee.

Princes Quay is the most exciting project I’ve been involved with. Meet Princes Quay’s new Centre Manager – John Magee.

Taking over the reins from Ray Cliff this month, John, 34, has been tasked with overseeing the next phases of the Quay’s £20m renovation and continuing to improve the centre’s performance on the back of a positive end to 2017.

A highly-rated retail professional with over 15 years of industry experience, John has taken on the role after delivering two consecutive years of growth as centre manager at Lakeside Village in Doncaster and can’t wait to get started.

Princes Quay is the most exciting project I’ve been involved with. Meet Princes Quay's new Centre Manager – John Magee.

John, who began his career in retail management with Debenhams said:

Princes Quay is the most exciting project I’ve been involved with, I’ve jumped at the chance.

I really like that I’m managing my own centre and am responsible for my own results – I thrive on that responsibility and can’t wait to build on the great job Ray and the team have done with the Quay to this point.

What I love about retail is all the different people you meet and work with. It’s that old adage that no two days are ever the same.

John, who currently lives in South Yorkshire with partner Shaun and their three dogs, is planning on relocating to the Hull area, and is very excited about the prospect.

Princes Quay is the most exciting project I’ve been involved with. Meet Princes Quay's new Centre Manager – John Magee.

I’d never been to Hull before this job came up, But the more I’ve come over here, the more I’ve come to like it.

You can sense the excitement with everything that’s been going on with City of Culture. I got to a few of the events that took place last year and they were great. It’s great to see people having so much pride in their city.

In addition to continuing the upward trend Princes Quay’s retailers have recently enjoyed, John is aiming to maximise the opportunities afforded by the centre’s new big screen, Quayside leisure and entertainment development and pedestrian link to the new Hull Venue.

He said:

Our biggest opportunity going forward is to continue to build the relationship with our neighbours, particularly the Hull Venue. It’s going to be a superb facility. We can help them and they can help us to attract more big names to the city.

Following the success of Pizza Express and Nando’s, we want more strong food operators involved too.

Once the Quayside level is done we will have a beautiful setting; it couldn’t be more set up for what we’re trying to do. People can get into the city, they can park, have a nice meal and go to a show.

John is also keen to develop links between local people and the centre.

We want to work with the community on projects such as the big screen, we want to find out what local people want to see on the screen, and what the space on the Quayside level should be used for.

In the short time I’ve spent in the city, I can already feel that the people of Hull have a place in their hearts for Princes Quay.

It’s really positive that the centre’s owners have committed to investing in the Quay. The best is yet to come.