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Eden Shopping Centre (High Wycombe)
Member Name: ljackson24
Eden Shopping Centre (High Wycombe)
Advantages: good range of shops
Disadvantages: It's in High Wycombe....
The Eden Centre, located in High Wycombe, is a fairly new shopping centre, which opened around 3 years ago. As I am at University a mere 2 minute walk (if that) from the Eden Centre, I am in there quite a lot so feel well equipped to write a review about it!
--How it looks--
As I mentioned, the Eden Centre is fairly new, and it looks pretty modern. It is slightly strange, in that some parts are partly covered by roof, some parts are completely open, and other parts completely sheltered. There are 7 different entrances to the Eden Centre that I can think of, a couple of them are via the carpark. The main entrance is situated just off the High Street, so it's a nice central location. The shopping centre is light and airy inside, and nearly all of the shop fronts look modern and classy. A lot of them have large front windows so there are normally some attractive window displays to be seen as you walk around the centre.
--Parking and Access--
I have only driven to the Eden Centre once, which was before I lived in High Wycombe. Since I have lived there I have always accessed the centre by foot, as I live in the main town, only a ten minute walk away. The one time I drove there I found High Wycombe easy to access from the M40, and then easily found the Eden Centre with the help of signs. The car park had plenty of spaces as it is on several levels, so finding a space was not an issue. The car park cost around £6 for the 3-4 hours I parked there. To be honest I don't know how that price compared to other shopping centre carparks as I haven't been to many, but the couple I have been to have been free parking or cheaper than that. Once you've parked you use the stairs or lift to back down to the ground floor and you will exit the car park straight into the shopping centre. As I said, there are many entrances when you arrive by foot, so all in all very accessible.
--Range of Shops--
The Eden Centre has, in my opinion, a good range of shops, places to eat, and other outlets. The main and biggest shop is the House Of Fraser, a large department store with many smaller shops inside. Other shops include:
Dorothy Perkins with Burtons Menswear
Mr Simms Sweet Shop
Sweets from Heaven
Topshop and Topman
Build a Bear
Marks and Spencer
Places for a meal or drink include:
There are also a few other places, such as Rush (hairdressers), and a tanning salon which unfortunately I can't recall the name of!
I think this is a good range, with most of the shops being large high street chains which are well known.
--Customer Service and Security--
I have only been to the customer service desk twice, the first time the lady on the desk did help me with my query but didn't have a friendly manner at all and appeared to be slightly annoyed that I was even asking her a question, despite this being the information desk. The second time was completely different, a very pleasant and friendly lady was more than helpful and we had a chat for a minute about something or other. The first time I went to the Eden Centre I couldn't actually find the Information desk itself to ask a question, however there are numerous security guards located around the centre, who seem to be mostly friendly and helpful too. There are also easily recognisable in high-vis jackets.
--Extra Points and Features--
The Eden Centre often have various events happening, including catwalk shows, festivals, and different stalls of things to buy and activities. My favourite one so far was the food festival which was pretty awesome-lots of yummy free food samples!
One of the things I like about the Eden Centre is that it is normally quite well popluated, but not 'packed.' I have seen it very busy a couple of times on a weekend, but it is quite roomy so you're not stuck in crowds. When events are on it is normally at it's busiest, but there is a nice atmospere.
To summarise, I think the Eden Centre adds a lot more to High Wycombe than what would have been there before. Most of the main popular shops are in the centre rather than in the other parts of the town, so I imagine shopping would have been very limited before the Eden Centre was built. I can't complain about this shopping centre to be honest, for me it has a good range of shops, it's clean, there are people on hand to help with queries, and it's nice and modern. Five stars!
Summary: Nice modern shopping centre with a lot to offer