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Only go there if absolutely necessary or if you need something like a sofa or a kids sports kit
Fosse Shopping Park (Leicester)
Member Name: norton501
Fosse Shopping Park (Leicester)
Date: 08/08/09, updated on 08/08/09 (242 review reads)
Advantages: ASDA is cheap/ Sofas/ Beds...
Disadvantages: queues for car park spaces, lots of families with kids under 10
This, known as Fosse Park, is approx 4 miles out of leicester city centre. You can get a bus there from the city centre (main St Margarets Bus Station) or you can drive there. It is basically three squares: three car parks surrounded by shops.
The first part is just ASDA. A big ASDA superstore (with a cafe in it) with two car parks. The second part of the shopping "park" has Marks & Spencers, JJB Sports, WH Smiths, Boots, Accessorise, Next, BHS, Monsoon, Evans, Burtons and Wallis. So, it is clothes shops, a Boots and a WH Smiths.
There is an interior "Food Court" stuck in the corner between M&S and WH smiths. This is small for the number of shoppers who go there and all you can do is queue for the toilets or go to one of the small kiosky fast food outlets inthere and find a small chair or table (there are surplus seats in an upstairs section). Its achoice of thorntons, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, The baked potato hut, Costa Coffe or Pizza Hut all sold from flat fronted counter kiosks. In the "food court" there are also a spate of Mobile phone shops in there and a newsagents. Its a little odd, but if you are hungry and the kids are nagging you, you can grab a burger and argue a bit then get in the car and go home.
The third part of the shopping park is less interesting- more serious: Argos, DFS, The Furniture Warehouse, Bensons for Beds, Currys, PC World, SCS and Harveys the furniture warehouse. If you want a sofa or a PC, you go to this bit. Again, there is a big car park area.
Overall, this is somewhere you go to if you need something- if you have a car, you go to ASDA as it is cheap for your shopping. If you need a sofa, you go to the sofa bit. It seems to be aimed at the 30-40 age bracket, families with kids who need sports kits and PCs and a fridge and mum can go to M&S and Dad can go to PC World. If you don't have a car and don't have kids, unless you need a sofa or a bed there isn't much point going to this Shopping park as all of the shops are in Leicester city centre (Boots, WH Smiths, Next, Monsoon, JJB...).
This is absolutley not somewhere you can spend more than 2 hours at a push. There is nothing there that isn't in the centre of leicester (except the Sofa/ furniture/ bed places) and the big ASDA. So, unless you live close to this, or want to go to ASDA, or have kids and a car, I would avoid it. You will have to drive around and around for a parking space unless you get there before 10am on a weekday (you have to remember all the employees in all the shops park in this car park too).
Even when I used to live 5 mins drive from this place, I would only go to the ASDA or the ASDA petrol station and I avoided the place between October and mid January as there is no way you will not spend an hour driving around and around or being trapped in a mid car park traffic jam if you go anywhere near here near to Christmas or the January sales.
Summary: Unless you have a car and about 3 kids under 10 avoid the place