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Shopping In Dundee....
Dundee in General
Member Name: BexxaG
Dundee in General
Advantages: All the Major Retailers Have Stores, All located centrally
Disadvantages: Not many independant stores, bit run down
Dundee is one of Scotlands largest cities. It also has it's fair share of shops. Which range from small independant retailers to large chain stores.
The shopping areas in Dundee are spread over different areas.
You have 2 shopping malls. The Wellgate Centre and The Overgate Centre.
The Wellgate Centre
It has had a couple of revamps over the past 30 years but could maybe do with a bit of a spring clean. It has BHS which is probably the biggest shop in the centre along with TGHughs. I would say about 60% of the centre is occupied by shop outlets. Shops are spread over 3 levels. It also has its oven car park linked to the centre, which makes it easier to get items back to you car especially when it is pouring with rain.
It is open 7 days a week.
Unfortunately the wellgate has a few food outlet and the centre has a bit of a "chip" smell about it. This I would say was the main down side of the centre.
The newest and most stylish centre in Dundee. Contempary in design and on 2 levels, offers a good range of stores mainly catering for younger customers. There are many shops including Debenhams, Argos, Primark, Boots, Next, New Look, River Island, French Connection, Lush, H&M etc
There are several coffee shops as well as Burger King and Baked Potato shop. Probably the best shopping centre in Dundee. It has its oven linked car park also.
The two shopping centres are located at different sides of the main shopping in the town it only takes 5 minutes to walk from one to the other. In between the 2 centres is the Murraygate.
Area linking the 2 main centres, this is open and pedestrianised area. Lots of different shops including a Tesco Metro, Marks & Spencers,Clarks, Thornotons, Disney and many mobile phone outlets.
The journey from the Wellgate to Overgate will take you past most of the main shops but there are streets which branch off and have other stores including a few independant outlets. I would say that majority of the shops are large named stores and very few independant ones. Which is a shame.
If you like supporting local business then shopping isn't going to be the one. If you want to do that you need to travel to Perth who have many many independants shops.
There are many other Retail Parks ~ Kingsway Retail Park and also Gallaghers Retail Park. This are located out with the main shopping area but both have good access and free parking.
Over all Dundee offers most of the large stores that you see around most cities. If you are looking for a good shopping experience then Dundee isn't really the place to go. You wont really find anything different here.
People and staff are friendly enough, the overall area is not stylish or modern or even old y world. It is just ordinary. It is a bit on the dirty side although a lot of money has been put into the centre and there are big plans for re devolpement of the water front. I hope this will encourage new business into Dundee.
At the moment it is a bit run down, but has protential.
Thanks for reading my review, Dundee has lots to offer but I just reviewed the shopping side of it. There are plenty of attractions for visitors which you will find very interesting. But if you enjoy shopping then Dundee isnt really the place to do it.
Summary: Dundee has lots to offer but shopping isn't one of them