“ Glasgow, Scotland. The shopping centre has over 100 shops. „
The Braehead Shopping Centre caused a bit of a fuss in the local area when it opened as it was the first major mall constructed in the Renfrewshire area. It's located just outside Glasgow on the outskirts of the small town of Renfrew and is easily reached from the M8 motorway or by the Clyde Tunnel. The building itself is made of a lot of silvery metals & materials and it has an undulated roof shape so is quite modern looking. The area in which it's situated is like a large shopping estate itself and you have Ikea, Xscape, Sainsbury's, Next, Halfords and a few computer shops which stand alone and separate from the Braehead shopping centre building itself.
There are 3 entrances to the mall; one in the centre and one at each end. You will find a good amount of parking spaces and there are a few multi storey carparks to deal with an overflow of heavy traffic but generally, you can find a space reasonably near the door. There are well placed disabled spaces and dedicated parking spots for parents with small children although they don't seem to be as well monitored as they could be and so a lot of times you will see people abusing these spaces when they aren't entitled to use them. The car parks are well posted from the main roads and unless it's a busy Saturday or a peak time in the run up to Xmas you can usually get a space straight away.
Inside the shopping centre, you will find 2 levels of shops. On the first floor you have stores such as M&S (which is a large branch and extends over 2 floors), River Island, Primark, New Look, Boots, GAP (which I believe is currently closing down), Topshop, Monsoon, Superdrug, numerous jewellers, Lipsy, Sports Soccer, HMV, Waterstones, GAME and a few card shops. The distance between the stores along the mall hallway is not too far and I would guess it takes under 3 minutes to walk from one end to the other. The hallway and central atrium are clean and bright looking with a polished floor that is kept really clean thanks to the team of cleaning staff who keep on top of this. All along the mall you will find wooden seats and benches if you are in need of a rest and there are large plants dotted around the centre which add a nice touch. You always see staff constantly walking the floors keeping them clean.
To get to the second floor you can either use the escalators at either end of the mall or by using the lift or stairs located at the central part of the mall. The central part often has something going on in it like fashion shows, sales teams from large companies selling cars, beds or other items and is also where the Santa's Grotto is at Christmas. On the second floor you have more stores such as Dorothy Perkins, Topman, The Body Shop, Jane Norman, Oasis, Warehouse, Lush, Specsavers, H&M, G-Star Raw, Thorntons and a selection of jewellers and travel agents. You will also find a reception desk at the central part of the 2nd floor where you can buy gift vouchers or get information on job vacancies or general directions & questions.
Just off the central atrium you will find a foodcourt, Lloyds TSB bank and Regis hairdressers. The food court has KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, O'Briens and several counters selling Chinese, Italian, Fish & Chips and smoothies. These are spread across both floors and have escalators right next to them. Toilets are located just before the foodcourt on both floors and they are clean, well maintained and monitored.
The thing that annoys me about shopping malls is that it's always the same old shops in them. I get fed up with the same 5 shops where I can buy clothes and it just isn't the same as making a trip into Glasgow City centre where you have a much wider choice of stores. You won't find a lot of difference between shops at the Braehead compared to those at other malls anywhere in the UK. I do like the fact that in a mall you're not out in the freezing cold or rain to go from shop to shop and this is one of the benefits of Braehead. It does have a reasonable amount of shops inside so you're bound to find what your looking for and it is very clean and modern inside so it's a pleasant place to be in.
Braehead shopping centre is located in the south side of Glasgow. By car you can arrive either through the braehead exit or Hillington exit on the motorway. The shopping centre itself was built approx 10 years ago and is under one roof (2 floors). Some of the stores it hosts is M&S, Next, Sainsburys, Primark, Boots, HMV, Topshop, USC, Optical Express and many more In total there are over 100 stores. Outside the main shopping centre there are additional stores such as Halfords, Next Home and a few others.
There is plenty of parking however just like other shopping centres it is chaos trying to commute in the run up to xmas. There is also a bus station located outside the centre with many operating schedules. The store closing times are 9pm Mon-Fri, and 6pm at weekends however in the run up to Christmas there are some stores keeping their doors open till midnight.
There is a massive amount of eating places in this shopping centre including the normal ones like KFC, McDonalds, Subway,Pizza Hut.
As well as the shopping centre Braehead has its own arena. This arena recently took host to X Factor auditions and has many different top events thorughout the year.
Overall, this shopping centre really caters for all. This is where I will be getting the vast amount of my xmas gifts from!!
Braehead shopping centre is a shopping centre on the outskirts of Glasgow which was an idea to bring traffic out of the city centre and still offer a fantastic variety and quality of shops.
I unfortunately am not able to drive so am not able to get to the Braehead as often as I like but on the odd occassion I will get a bus from Glasgow city centre and head out for a little bit of a change and I really love the shopping experience to be had there.
The shopping centre itself is large, bright and airy with a fantistic cleanliness and fresh feel from the moment you enter the door. There are a large number of shops on offer within the shopping centre including:
Waterstones, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys, HMV, Game, WH Smith, Vodafone, Boots and many more
The stores are all well maintained also and have a good standard of cleanliness to keep in the thinking of the shopping centre itself.
The shopping centre also has more than just shopping on offer thanks to the food court, ice rink and arena area also. The location of the shopping centre is well thought out for accessibility with a huge amount of parking available and a number of bus stances beside the centre also.
The shopping centre also has a large number of activities and entertainment options available very close which just increaases the reasons for this being such a great success and so likeable.
- Excellent variety of shops
- Bright, airy and clean shopping centre
- Fantastic amount of car parking and transport links
- An enjoyable experience
- Well placed for entertainment and activities
- Good standard of food court
- Arena inside the centre along with ice rink
Braehead shopping centre offers a brilliant shopping experience with a great variety of shops and things on offer and all in a centre which is bright, airy and clean.