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Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: wez87
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Date: 16/11/10, updated on 16/11/10 (156 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of shops, amazing food, great entertainment,
Disadvantages: Shops are open late weekdays yet not weekends.. Hmm?
Just looking at the building makes you think "WOW". The amount of detail that was put into the building alone is enough to earn the full 5stars let alone what's inside it all.
Let's start off with it's location : The Trafford Centre is located just next to junctions 9 and 10 on the M60 (Manchester's main motorway), the centre itself offers a 10,000 place car park so you will get a space just the question is near to the centre itself or not? The three major entraces to the Trafford Centre are the "East" "Middle" and "West" entrances. When entering from the right hand side (in relation to the M60) you enter via John Lewis (or just next to it depending on you car park location), from the left hand side you greet Debenhams and from the middle you either go through the dining hall or Selfridges (the opposite side).
It was first opened in 1998 on the 10th September and has stayed open ever since, it's owned by the PEEL Group. I remember going that year and oh how it has changed...
The TC (Trafford Centre) is situated on two levels and a third level is designated for the cinema. Altogether there are 280 shops. When it first opened there used to be a "market" which has since changed into John Lewis, which in my eyes was not needed, although it was always planned to change "the market area" into another shop. For some reason there's sometime's two of the same shop which I don't really understand (this tends to be one on each level), for instance there are two "Game" and two "Carphone warehouses" (one on each level, or at least there were the last time I went)
You can see a dome from a birds eye view of the TC, this points to the centre of the trafford centre where selfridges can be found on the 1st and 2nd floord and the 3rd an Odeon cinema.
The grand orient (also known as the food court) is also situated in the middle of the TC. IT's styled in the shape of a ship with a swimming pool in the middle and a big ship deck situated to the front. Arcades are situated on the first floor aswell as all known fast food restaurants (mc donalds, KFC,) on the upper floor of the orient there's all well known restaurants (pizza express and other styled restaurants)
The trafford centre is home to an Odeon cinema which once was UGC but was taken over. There's also other entertainment such as an 18hole mini-golf course, laser quest, dodgems and a bowling alley.
I find the TC amazing just the smell when you go in makes me happy (I know sad but oh well) you will find all good shops there : JD, Debenhams, Bank, Republic, River Island, M&S etc.
The TC was updated in 2007, with the newly added "Great Hall" with a massive marble staircase and one of the biggest chandelier's in the world, also included in the update was Barton Square which opened in 2008 although this part covers only homeware. A long walkway connects the TC to Barton Square as in situated on the otherside of the road, next to ASDA.
The shopping also operated a kids area, basically you leave you're kids in the creche whilst you walk around knowing that they're safe. You are given a "beep monitor" telling you what time to return - when it starts to beep. Obviously you have to pay for this but it isn't very dear and keeps the kids happy (or it did when I was young enough to go)
New plans for transport have been put in place, with the best in my eye as being the connection with Manchester Piccadily via metrolink although this is only meant to be completed in 2016. Other plans such as connection via boat along the canal were reviewed in 2006 and put ahead although as of today none of the plans have seen action. Many bus routes are directed to the TC from surrounding areas.
Overall this is an amazing shopping centre / entertainment area. So if ever you're in the North West I would highly recommend visiting
Summary: Amazing experience
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