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Regionally based Property Consultants changing the face of the North East’s high streets.

In January 2011, Ian Angus and Ian Thurlbeck established a new North East based Retail Property Practice trading as @retail. The team welcomed Bob Fletcher in 2014.

We are unique in our ability to offer ‘on the spot’ advice from a team of local experts, all of whom are from the Region and have spent the majority of their careers immersed within it.

Between us we offer advice on all aspects of retail property including High Street Agency, Shopping Centre Leasing, Investment, Development, Professional Services and strategic Consultancy advice.

Ian Angus - Director

Hailing from North Tyneside, Ian qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989 and has a wealth of experience gained from working Client side with a national retailer before sharpening his Agency skills with Chesterton, followed by the establishment of Glen Davison Angus, a niche retail agency practice in 1995. A founding member of @retail in 2011, Ian’s expertise is in Shopping Centre and High Street lettings and acquisitions covering all sectors of the evolving High Street mix including Leisure and F&B as well as Retail.

Ian Thurlbeck – Director

Originally from Darlington, Ian qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998 and has spent his entire working life in the North East. He has worked for a variety of firms in the region, including an International Property Consultancy, National Retailer and was a Director at a National firm of Surveyors before going it alone in 2007 and becoming a founding member of @retail in 2011.

Ian advises a number of clients including Sainsburys, Greggs and Franks the Flooring Store. He also acts for a variety of Developers, Landlords and Local Authorities in the region.

Pete Townsend – Agency Surveyor

Pete joined @retail after graduating from Northumbria University in 2017 with a First Class Honours Degree in Real Estate. Prior to this Pete gained experience within the Retail Agency team at Carter Towler in Leeds. He provides Retail Agency services to Landlords and Tenants alike across the North East region in the High Street, Shopping Centre and Out of Town sectors.

Bob Fletcher – Consultant

Bob has worked in the retail property sector since 1982; firstly with Donaldsons (Edinburgh and London), then for 32 years with Sanderson Weatherall based in Newcastle as Equity Director and National Head of Retail Agency. He joined niche retail agency @retail in 2014 and is now employed in a Consultancy role. Bob has been involved in an advisory capacity with most of the significant retail destinations in the NE including Metrocentre, Eldon Square, Prince Bishops Durham, Manor Walks Cramlington, Middleton Grange Hartlepool and others. He is increasingly involved in providing strategic Town Centre retail consultancy advice to Local Authorities but retains his High Street agency connections across the region with Landlords, occupiers, investors and developers.

Andrew Dennis – Consultant

Andrew started his career at Sanderson Weatherall's Newcastle office gaining his professional qualification in 2009 before setting up independently in 2012. He brings Lease Advisory expertise to the business as a Landlord and Tenant consultant specialising in rent review and lease renewal negotiations. In addition Andrew is an RICS Registered Valuer.

Sarah Hart – Business Support

Sarah qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2005 and has worked in the retail property sector throughout her career. During this time Sarah has gained experience with Sanderson Weatherall, @retail and intu. She has advised a wide range of clients including national retailers and institutional Landlords.

Having taken a career break in 2017 Sarah returned to @retail in 2019 on a part-time basis in a business support capacity. She now assists the team and ensures they can concentrate on the day job!

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