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The Trafford Centre
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: bluebell190
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Advantages: Free parking
Disadvantages: No cheap shops - Like primark
The Trafford Centre is a large shopping centre located in manchester. I live in Bolton, and use the m60 to access the trafford centre, whenever i decide to go there is always a traffic jam on the m60 it drives me mad!
The main reason i choose to go to the trafford centre is because everything is in one place, under cover and it is absolutely free to park. It gets very busy in the car parks especially during weekends and school holidays but you can just park on the kerbs and you never get a parking ticket.
I used to work at the trafford centre so i know my way around very well, know exactly where the shops are i want to go in, so i can be in and out if i want to be.
I like to spend a whole day at the trafford centre though when we go, as there is a huge food area, which is set out really posh like a ship. When you look up its a blue sky with stars, and the seating area is like on a ship deck. There a lots of cheap pizza places or you can get jacket potatoes, sandwiches, as well as the usual mcdonalds, kfc and pizza hut.
These is also an odean cinema, with a new mini golf which has just recently opened. There is also a laserquest, arcade, bowling alley and dodgems! You never get bored on a day out in the trafford centre, there is so much more to do than just shopping!
There is the usual range of shops like new look, river island, debenhams etc. I wish there were more cheaper shops though, like there is in the town centres, like peacocks, matalan, primark. I love these type of shops but they must not be up market enough for the likes of the trafford centre!
There is a very strange shop that has just opened in the trafford centre, i cant remember what it is called but they dont have the lights on! You have to walk round the shop in the dark and they just have spot lights on here and there pointing at some of the best items. I dont think i could work in a shop in the dark all day! I thought it was annoying you couldnt see anything!
When it first opened years ago there was a large area with small stalls selling cheap bargains, but that got closed down and they built a huge john lewis store in its replacement. I think they are trying to make it more of a posh shopping centre, so do not want cheaper stores who people may be a bit snobby about.
There are also a number of opticians in the trafford centre, which is good as if you have read my vision express review i am always breaking my glasses, so i take them here and they usually take an hour to repair or replace so its great to do a spot of shopping while you wait!
There is also a new home shopping part which they have just opened, which includes a next home, marks and spencers home, bhs, habitat dwell etc. This is great if you want to do a bit of home shopping without having to go into the actual trafford centre as it is built over the road, just with a huge long bridge connecting it. It also has its own car park too.
Overall, i prefer to shop locally in the town centre of bolton if i want to go in places like peacocks and primark, but on a horrible rainy day i go to the trafford centre as its all undercover!
Summary: Excellent, all undercover, free parking
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