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Market Gates Shopping
Great Yarmouth (England)
Author Name: nathaninnit
Great Yarmouth (England)
Advantages: Some good shops under one roof
Disadvantages: No longer than 10mins entertainment
Shopping has without a doubt turned over the ages, with it being one of those things you would associate with a woman doing on a Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon, to now being an experience that men and women alike can enjoy. Part of this is probably down to the growth of men having to look as good as the women, in our changing society. That is why going to Great Yarmouth, along with getting drunk and soaking in the sun, I knew that one of the other enjoyable past times would be to go shopping, and surely in a place like Yarmouth it would be better than our old boring Cambridge shopping.
We had parked up quite far away from the whole shopping area, this was so we could have free parking and also have great access to the beach and Pleasure Beach. A long walk along the seafront showed no real signs of shopping life, but after crossing the road there was a discovery - but it was like a market town discovery, and this was just independant shop after independant shop. Now call me a yuppy, but I was looking for some big brand shops and was thinking that Yarmouth must have some big indoor shopping complex similar to that of where I am from. Combine this with beginning to see people with big brand bags, I felt like I was getting warmed, unless these independant shops had ran out of blue and stripey bags and were having to give out whatever they could find in the cupboard. It was on my desperate search for food that I found Market Gates shopping, which looked rather impressive from the outside with quite a few people around and a busy bus station nearby.
Entering through the entrance facing McDonalds, it was very interesting to see that the first thing you come across is a set of escelators. It was even more confusing that they seemed to be the other way around to how they would be in Cambridge, I thought I'd just gone a couple of hours down the road, not to Australia. At the bottom of these escelators was a shop, but I didn't actually take any notice to what it was. I think it had bed linen or something to that affect. Due to the fact that it was getting quite late on in the day, it was getting quite empty. Market Gates is only open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, which is a bit of a shocker really. There were a lot of big signs around bragging about how they're now open 10am-4pm on a Sunday, but if anything that is something you expect in this day and age. What struck me about the place was how unsually designed it was, and I must have been missing something or having everything upstairs is surely the biggest waste of space ever, and when I was walking around the first ever upstairs Iceland I had ever been in I was thinking to myself how annoying it must be lugging that stock around.
You can't deny there is something appealing about how unusual it is to look out the window and see that you are upstairs when you are expecting to be downstairs. There is a big restaurant that allows you to appreciate this view further, and I expect this does get quite busy. The stores were all nothing special to me really, quite a few clothes but and this was more along the lines of the town I was expecting, the shop I was really looking forward to seeing was JD Sports, but unfortunately it was nearly as small as the one we have in Cambridge. Other big name stores include GAME, Gamestation and Wilkinsons. Of course this building can't just be accessible through the escelators, that would be illegal, which is why the building slopes down and there is another entrance that is just a big slope. The place was quite clean with seating and enough space for everyone to walk around, but it truly was a lot smaller than I was expecting.
Looking at the website is does remind me that there was more shops than just in the way of computer games and clothes, as the site lists shops including the likes of Boots, Jessops and Shoe Zone. I suddenly do appreciate Cambridge more though, with the likes of HMV and oh yeah - a cinema, missing. Market Gates to me is just as casual of a shopping centre as any high street there is, and that's a shame.
Summary: Left kicking and screaming for more.
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