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Europe’s Largest Glass Structure.
St. Enoch Shopping Centre
Member Name: daseaford
St. Enoch Shopping Centre
Date: 28/08/01, updated on 28/08/01 (219 review reads)
Advantages: Impressive building.
This very impressive building claims the title of being Europe’s largest glass structure.
From the outside it looks like an enormous green house and is very impressive when viewed from St Enoch Square in the heart of Glasgow. On the inside it is a vibrant and exiting shopping centre with a great variety of over 80 shops.
The unusual design of the centre makes you feel that you are visiting a shopping centre that is different from the average mall and from the selection of shops that you find this would be right. As well as some of the leading chain stores such as Debenhams, Boots and Bhs, there are many smaller outlets selling a great variety of unusual and interesting items.
This is the sort of shopping experience that you can really enjoy and also find some different things to take home with you.
There is an enormous Food Court with 850 seats spread out over a number of levels on curved spacious veranda style areas. There is also a soft play area so the youngsters can let off steam whilst the “oldies” can enjoy a cup of coffee. There are about a dozen food outlets and we were very impressed by the service and the prices here. They claim that this is the largest Food Court in Scotland and I can certainly believe that, as it is the largest I have ever seen.
The centre is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with late night opening on Thursdays.
The centre management seem to be keen on communicating with their customers and produce a very good free magazine called Instore which is available throughout the centre. Also they have an excellent web site (http://www.stenoch.co.uk) which is much more than just a list of the shops in the centre.
The are also a number of events arranged in the centre including live music, celebrity visits and speciality evenings. This are listed in the magazine and on the web site.
What I did find surprising was that quite a nu
mber of the shop units were empty. I would have thought that in a centre like this every place would have been full. Perhaps that is more a reflection on the general state of the economy rather than on this centre.
We enjoyed our visit to this centre and I know next time we are in Glasgow this will one of the first places we shall be heading for. A very pleasant shopping experience.