Sunderland’s The Bridges for sale in £160million deal?

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THE future of Sunderland’s Bridges shopping centre is in doubt today after reports it could be about to change hands.

 Property trade journal Estates Gazette reported on its website that Bridges owner Land Securities is in talks with property firm AEW UK over a £160million deal for the centre.

No-one was available from either company to comment on the reports.

The Bridges is Sunderland’s prime shopping destination, with more than 100 shops and boasting household names such as Debenhams, H&M, TK Maxx. Disney, Pandora, and Next.

New arrivals recently include Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Nudo Sushi bar.

The centre was extended just 18 months ago, with the opening of a massive new Primark fronting onto High Street West and is set to htrow further with the demolition of Crowtree Leisure Centre.