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City Centre Shopping in the Suburbs
Silverburn Shopping Centre (Glasgow)
Member Name: rosebud2001
Silverburn Shopping Centre (Glasgow)
Advantages: Under cover, pleasant environment, good range of shops, good opening hours
Disadvantages: Predominantly designed for the car user so public transport links could be better
When I lived in Edinburgh I was spoiled for shopping. My last home was within a short walk of Princes Street and as such I could easily visit large department stores and all the high street names without having to travel far to get to them. Having these stores on your doorstep makes you take them for granted and it wasn't until I moved away that I realised just how lucky I was being so close to a huge Marks & Spencer and having John Lewis so nearby.
The town I live in now does have a large shopping centre but it doesn't have a lot of the names I was used to seeing whenever I shopped in the centre of Edinburgh. Obviously all these stores are available in Glasgow city centre, but parking there can be tricky and walking about with shopping in inclement weather can be trying.
The out of town shopping centre has grown in popularity over the past 20 or so years and Glasgow has the Fort on the eastern outskirts of the city and Silverburn, which is located in Pollok on the city's southside to show for this. Silverburn opened in 2007 and is home to 95 stores and has 4,500 parking spaces.
The easiest way to get to Silverburn is by car. The shopping centre is located at Junction 2 of the M77 and is clearly visible from the motorway. The motorway links Silverburn not just to Glasgow but to Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.
The centre has a bus station with services serving the local area and Glasgow City Centre. The nearest train station is Nitshill and buses connect from there to the shopping station.
~~What's It Like?~~
Silverburn is an indoor shopping centre - which makes sense in this part of the world. The aforementioned Fort Shopping Centre is all outdoor which is fine if the weather is good but is purgatory when it rains - and let's face it, it rains a lot on the west coast of Scotland.
The shopping centre is anchored by Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Tesco. The Tesco Extra store isn't attached to the main shopping centre and can only be accessed from the outside but it's only a few feet to walk to reach the entrance.
The Marks & Spencer store is supposedly the largest in Scotland, and the Debenhams is large and airy too.
Most of the stores are single storey units but some - the two anchor stores located within the main part of the centre itself - have two levels. There is an upper level on the shopping centre which is home to a Pure Spa.
The actual interior of Silverburn is lovely - it feels as if you are walking down a spotless street with stores on either side. The floors have a marble effect and there is good use of natural light made from the roof, along with careful use of plants.
The shopping centre has 14 restaurants dotted throughout including a Prezzo, Yo! Sushi, a Frankie & Bennys, Nando's and Wagamama. There's a refreshing absence of fast food joints here.
Silverburn is open generally from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm every weekday although some stores are open later - the Tesco for instance is open 24 hours and Debenhams and Marks and Spencer stay open later too - along with several of the restaurants. The centre is open until 7pm on Saturdays and until 6pm on a Sunday. Additionally, the centre opens at 9.00 am on Saturdays.
When I moved back to South Lanarkshire to live I started to find myself opting towards Silverburn to shop - especially when I wanted to visit Marks & Spencer - surprisingly often. The centre is easy for me to drive to - I can be there in 20 minutes via the A726 and the M77 and as such I tend to shop at Silverburn far more often than Glasgow City Centre these days.
Quite apart from the fact it's easy for me to drive to and parking is very rarely difficult - especially if, like me, you tend to shop in the morning - I like the shops that are available in Silverburn and the choice offered to me.
I must admit I do sometimes wonder if the Marks & Spencer really is the largest in Scotland as the Argyle Street branch in Glasgow or the Princes Street branch in Edinburgh always strike me as bigger but perhaps it's just the way the store is laid out. Having said that I still love the Silverburn branch and I invariably find myself there whenever I know there's a sale on.
Similarly, the branch of Debenhams is very large and offers a large cosmetic and fragrance department - including a Benefit Brow Bar - along with a huge array of fashion, footwear and homewear.
There are the usual high street suspects to be found in Silverburn including New Look, Next, River Island and HMV, as well as Superdrug and Boots. However it's nice to see Phase Eight, LK Bennett, Coast and Hobbs, along with a James Lakeland store in the centre too, offering slightly more upmarket clothing for women.
For kids there's a Game store as well as a Build a Bear - which is always a port of call for my daughter, who has yet to grow out of this concept. There's also an Argos and a fairly large TK Maxx store.
If you are looking for electronics there's a wonderful Panasonic store which always feeds my addiction to new Panasonic products - the latest one I have seen there being a washing machine - and there's also a branch of Barrhead Travel for those wanting to book a holiday. The centre even boasts a Post Office.
There isn't a bank branch in the centre but there is a Barclays cash machine located close to the main food court (this area is called "The Garden") on the way to the toilets, and there's a bank of cash machines outside Tesco.
The toilets themselves are modern and very well maintained - everything is sensor activated including the taps and the flushing mechanisms. What I love about the toilets in Silverburn is they still give you the option to use hand dryers or use paper towels. I don't mind no paper towels if there are powerful and effective hand dryers in operation but my daughter hates the noise of these dryers and it's nice to give her the option to avoid them.
The Garden area is home to several restaurants here including Wagamama, Pizza Hut and Nando's. I've dined at both Wagamama and Nando's and enjoyed the food at both but it's worth saying they are both quite small in comparison to stand alone branches and as such they can get rather busy very quickly. As a result I invariably have an early lunch when I visit Silverburn. The branches of Frankie & Benny's and Prezzo at the centre don't feel as if they are part of a food court the way the restaurants do in the Garden area and are much larger too.
If you want to experience some city centre shopping in the suburbs then Silverburn is definitely worth a visit. It offers a vast selection of stores in a setting which is well designed and pleasant. I don't often find malls which I think have a really pleasant environment but Silverburn most definitely does.
There is a great choice here along with free and plentiful parking dotted around the centre - including a multi storey car park which is useful on poor weather.
Accessibility is excellent too with most stores being on ground level and those which have a second level all have lift access. Disabled parking is in good supply and is located close to the main entrances dotted around the centre.
I still pop into Glasgow city centre for shopping but must admit I do prefer to visit Silverburn these days due to its excellent motorway links, super choice of shopping and dining options and the fact that once I get there, it really is a wonderful place to shop.
Summary: The high street hits the Glasgow suburbs at Silverburn