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... sale section offers clothes that are just as good as non-sale items—except with cheap prices. I recommend spending a good while in here, grabbing bargain clothes with slightly more expensive items, not forgetting either that Miss Selfridge also has a brilliant selection of stylish footwear, from shoe boots to coloured platform heels.

As I suddenly remembered that I need a new multiple socket for my bedroom, I cast my eyes around the shops helplessly, catching sight of Joy and Billabong, shops I was sure would not sell multiple socket plugs amongst their jeans and bags. Walking around finding more clothes shops, I eventually found Argos. Yes, the Arndale Centre certainly does have everything. Managing to get my multiple plug socket, I was pleased to find a Boots store at the end of the aisle and returning to where I had been previously, I spotted a Currys Digital store. When you arrive at the Arndale Centre you will be surprised at just what the centre holds. There are too many fashion shops to name, but as well as the ones mentioned above, there are fashion stores from All Saints and Topshop to Peacocks and Dorothy Perkins located inside the shopping mall. Yet as Boots and Argos show, it’s not just fashion stores that the Arndale Centre puts its attention on. Oh no, it is far from it. Sports stores such as JJB Sports, Nike and Footlocker are to be found here (for whenever you fancy having a good jog arrive the city centre) and if you just happen to suddenly have an idea of a holiday in the sun, there are two travel agents, Thomson and Thomas Cook, both located on the lower floor near the escalator to the food court. You name it, Manchetster’s Arndale Centre has it.

The Food Chain underneath the shopping floors of the Arndale Centre is like an obese person’s paradise. I headed there when I began to feel a bit peckish again and stood in wonder gazing at the many food outlets, from the Baker’s Oven to the typical McDonald’s and Burger King fast food stalls. I eventually went for a delicious Italian BLT six-inch baguette from Subway, just one of the food outlets hidden away in this Aladdin’s cave of places to eat. Manchester’s Arndale Centre’s motto seems to be ‘Burn the calories whilst walking around upstairs, then head down to the Food Chain where you can pile them back on. Then burn them again by engaging in more shopping!’ Could this shopping centre get any better?

Actually, it could. You could stay in the Arndale Centre all day if you wished; however, there are plenty of access routes to other areas of Manchester city centre, and escalators to Market Street, which would be my next port of call on my shopping trip.

Heading to Market Street: no market but shops aplenty…

If you decide to try out the Market Street shopping before anything else, then it’s wise to take the Metrolink tram, which stops bang in the middle of this pedestrianised street. If you’re driving, then you can park in the spacious Arndale Centre car park (yes, that store really is a paradise for shoppers).

Market Street holds all the usual high street stores, but its main attraction is the huge and recently opened Primark store. If you’re a keen shopper, you will be bound to fall in love with this store as soon as you enter through its doors. Manchester’s Primark is better than most, being one of the largest in Britain, with two floors. Primark is a mini Arndale Centre itself: it sells clothes, footwear, jewellery, accessories such as umbrellas, home accessories and nightwear. I was able to find exactly what I wanted here, such as a shirt for £2.50 and a skirt for £7.00. Yes, Primark really is that cheap! Trail around the....


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