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      19.12.2000 06:25
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      There are three major shopping centres in Aberdeen- Bon-Accord Centre, Trinity Centre and St. Nicholas Centre. They are all in easy walking distance of each other and are situated near to the main thoroughfare of Aberdeen- Union Street. Bon-Accord Centre This is by far the largest of the three centres and in my opinion the best. The range of shops is large, from your traditional stores like Boots, Woolworths to fashion stores like New Look, Laura Ashley, to specialist stores like the Golf Shop and Our Price. The centre contains a creche for the young ones, a food court serving your usual choice of meals and snacks (very good value and choice) and a great amount of parking space (but be warned the car parks tend to fill up very quickly!) They have even found time to build an indoor bowling club and a restaurant on the upper levels of the building. St. Nicholas Centre The smallest of the centres, situated opposite the Schoolhill exit of the Bon-Accord centre. This centre has a lower variety of shops but still contains household names like WH Smith, Dixons and Marks & Spencers. The upper deck is outside with a garden and plenty of benches. This can get very crowded in the summer, if it is hot enough, with people sitting around enjoying the sun. On the downside there are a large number of vacant shops giving the area a bit of a down-trodden look. Trinity Centre This centre is situated half way along Union Street and has recently been renovated. The centre contains such household names as HMV, Debenhems, Argos and Superdrug. The centre never seems to be too crowded and as a result is more pleasant than the other two to shop in. There is a car park situated at the basement of the centre but again it fills up very quickly. The centre boasts a couple of cafes (Oliver's and Deli-France) which sell a number of snacks and drinks. In between all the centres you will find the u
      sual variety of stores such as Littlewoods, B.H.S. and Virgin. There are a number of eateries as well, like Burger King and McDonalds. Overall Aberdeen is a good place to come and shop with a wide variety of shops to suit every taste. But be warned the city centre can get very busy, especially at the weekends, and car parking can be a bit tricky.

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