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Portsmouth Shopping

The largest shopping centre in Portsmouth is currently the Cascades centre off Commercial Street in the heart of the city. Some of the larger High Street stores you will find located here include; BHS, M&S, Primark, The Early Learning Centre and Woolworths. Opened in 1989, their are a total of over 50 stores with the emphasis on clothes shopping rather than household goods.

The centre is open Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:30 and Sundays 10:30 to 16:30. It has its own car park with spaces for 540 vehicles; there are also other car parks nearby. Buses stop outside the main entrance and it’s even only a 10 minute walk from the ferry ports and main railway station.

The other major shopping centre in Portsmouth is Gunwharf Quays, which is also a leisure centre containing a cinema complex, restaurants, bowling alley and much more. Gunwharf Quays uses its waterfront location to style itself as a cosmopolitan and designer centre, with the accent very much on clothes and accessories.

For a range of smaller/independent traders you could visit Albert Road in Southsea. Being an actual road of shops and with a wide variety of shops and cafes it can more realistically lay claim to being cosmopolitan. Albert Road is an area ‘fighting back’ against the tide of the shopping mall culture. Finally, the Port Solent shopping centre at the The Broadwalk Marina in Portsmouth contains a small number of shops mainly catering for the tourist trade. With a city re-development planned, the area around Commercial Road in the city centre remains a major shopping area in Portsmouth.

Most of the major High Street chains have stores here. However, to find nationally known department stores in Portsmouth, you’ll virtually have to cross the city to the south side and go to Palmerston Road, which is another area where you’ll find a lot of familiar names in High Street shopping. Here you’ll find the two department stores in Portsmouth.

In a bid to revitalise the city, Portsmouth is currently undergoing a massive city centre re-development which is due to be completed in 2010. This began in 2004 with the demolition of the old Tricorn shopping centre. When completed the development will be known as the Northern Quarter.

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