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The Trafford Centre --- A Shopping City !!
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: deb788
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Advantages: free parking , great security , great customer services , late opening hours
Disadvantages: gets very busy at peak times , traffic !
My review of The Trafford Centre comes from a slightly different perspective as i work and shop there , in fact i'm never away from the place ! but i have noticed that some of the reviews on here are out of date with what happening now !
Mon - Fri 10 am - 10 pm
Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Mon - Friday 10 am - Midnight
Saturday 9 am - Midnight
Sunday 10 am - Midnight
Situated at Junctions 9 & 10 on the M60 near Manchester
The centre is easily accessible by public transport, there is a shuttle bus( ML1) which runs from the near-by metrolink station at Stretford very frequantly. The metrolink network connects to the rail network at Altricham and Manchester therefore making the centre accessible from further afield easily
Various buses run to and from the centre , it is very easy to find the bus you need as the centre has its own bus station located near Debenhams
There is a taxi firm which operates from the centre and they have a stand which is undercover and manned pretty much 24 hours for you to order your cab from
The main selling feature of the centre for me is the 10,000 plus free parking spaces . even at peak times it is very rare not to be able to find a space and all the car parks are very clearly labled ( it is very easy to get lost as the centre is huge !)
THE CENTRE ....
The centre is split into two sections , the shops and the leisure section
The centre has 4 main department stores John Lewis , Selfridges , Denenhams and Marks and Spencer . M and S is currently undergoing a re- fit and will be over 4 floors when it is fully completed in june or july . These stores are sort of the backbone of the centre but to be honest i tend to avoid them as they are very expensive ( John Lewis and Selfridges ) and very very busy !
The rest of the stores are mainly clothing, homeware , jewellery and health and beauty based .The centre can get very very busy at weekends and evenings from 6pm and if possible you should avoid it at these times as the traffic is horrendous .
The main leisure area is styled to look like a cruise ship complete with a starry sky which changes from day to night
it is set on three levels :-
The GROUND FLOOR is mainly fast food restaraunts surrounding a huge seating area , and i do mean huge ! there is also an arcade which has additional features of a full size dogdems, a bowling alley and a pub . the seating area is kept very clean and there is a huge screen which plays everything from travel tips to fashion shows
The SECOND FLOOR is in a mezzanine style and is the upper deck of the cruise ship , here you will find the higher priced restaraunts and bars such as Exchange bar and grill ,La Tasca and Tiggis , I wouldnt go to the restaraunts for a special occasion as they open onto the mall in most cases and it is a bit off putting to see shoppers wandering past if you are celebrating a birthday or something , but they are fine for a pit stop !
Exchange bar and grill and Tiggis turn into more of a club at weekend nights and can get very busy and will not be too everyones taste I am only 28 but feel ancient looking at the people who flock there on a friday night :)
On this level there are also stands selling everthing from icecream to fortune telling ! and plenty to keep the kids happy
The THRIRD FLOOR is taken up mainly by the cinema ,With twenty giant screens, 4000 body sculpted seats and over 100 film performances a day! It is fairly pricey and i would recommend going in the day as the prices are lower then
Next door there is a Lazer quest and a thing called The Rock which is a moving climbing wall ,i have never tried it because it looks like too much hard work !!
There are three main customer service points in the centre where you can access help and advice as well as leaflets on services and maps
dotted around the centre are interactive service points for finding out where you are and looking up stores etc..
There are 54 reserved disabled places next to the shopmoblity entrance and free scooters and wheelchairs are available ( remember to take 2 forms of id )
all the toilets lifts etc are designed for wheelchair use and there are even lenses availavble for the visually impared
I think a really important part of what has made the centre successful is the fantastic security
there are plain clothes officers on site as well as the red coats
the centre control room can communicate with stores via a shop alert system
Big Brother style there are hundreds of cameras on the malls and in the back of house areas and the centre even has a number plate recognition camera which recognises the cars of known criminals , the result is that thefts of and from cars are rare and other criminal activity is minimal especially in relation to the size of the centre
USEFUL INFO ...
WEBSITE www.thetraffordcentre.co.uk ( shop online and info )
Customer Services 0161 749 1717/18
Opening Hours 0845 60 20 314
Directions 0845 60 40 608
Shopmobility 0161 749 1728
Crime Line 0800 32 80 795
Management Suite 0161 746 7777
GMPTE Buses 0161 228 7811
Crèche 0161 746 9000
Private Taxi Hire
Passenger Cars 0161 747 8000
Fair Trading 0161 912 2618
Coach House Brewers Fayre & Travel Inn 0161 747 8850
UCI Cinemas Info 08700 10 20 30
Summary: A great day out but avoid busy times if possible