It’s all change at Dalton Park, as the North East’s largest outlet shopping destination bids a fond farewell to Centre Manager Jerry Hatch after 16 years at the helm.
New centre manager Richard Kaye is excited to take over the role. Having spent over 5 years managing stores within Dalton Park and with a strong passion for retail, Richard brings 17 years of management experience to his new position.
Richard said: “I’m thrilled to be taking over the Centre Manager position at such an exciting time in Dalton Park’s history. Jerry has achieved so much for Dalton Park over the last 16 years, and I really enjoyed working alongside him.
“Considering all that Jerry accomplished during his time here, his are big shoes to fill, but I aim to continue driving Dalton Park’s vision and growth forward, and I wish him all the very best in his retirement.”
Richard joins Dalton Park at a pivotal time. Despite the pandemic, the outlet shopping destination welcomed four new stores in 2021 including: Yankee Candle, Baytree Interiors, Etto Caffe and Cavani Menswear, creating 26 new jobs for the region. New career opportunities and the overall shopping experience will be enhanced at Dalton Park under Richard’s stewardship, with two new brands confirmed to open in the Summer.
Richard added: “Dalton Park is one of the North East’s biggest employers, and with 65 stores currently, I’m very much looking forward to my first project; welcoming two new brands to Dalton Park. I can’t reveal exactly which brands just yet, but they will certainly enhance the overall brand mix and improve our guest experience in 2022 and beyond.”
Angus Fyfe, Realm’s Commercial Operations Director said: “Richard was the outstanding candidate for the role, with his extensive retail knowledge and engaging personality. The brands that he has managed have flourished under his stewardship, so we know the centre’s management will continue to be in very capable hands.
“We look forward to working with Richard to take Dalton Park forward to the next leg of its exciting evolution.”