Advantages Under cover, pleasant environment, good range of shops, good opening hours
Disadvantages Predominantly designed for the car user so public transport links could be better
When I lived in Edinburgh I was spoiled for shopping. My last home was within a short walk of Princes Street and as such I could easily visit large department stores and all the high street names without having to travel far to get to them. Having these stores on your doorstep makes you take them for granted and it wasn't until I moved away that I realised just how lucky I was being so close to a huge Marks & Spencer and having John Lewis so nearby.The town I live in now does have a large shopping centre but it doesn't have a lot of the names I was used to seeing whenever I shopped in the centre of Edinburgh. Obviously all these stores are available in Glasgow city centre, but parking there can be tricky and walking about with shopping in inclement weather can be trying.
The centre has a bus station with services serving the local area and Glasgow City Centre. The nearest train station is Nitshill and buses connect from there to the shopping station. There's no denying however that public transport links could be better.
The shopping centre is anchored by Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Tesco. The Tesco Extra store isn't attached to the main shopping centre and can only be accessed from the outside but it's only a few feet to walk to reach the entrance.The Marks & Spencer store is supposedly the largest in Scotland, and the Debenhams is large and airy too.
Most of the stores are single storey units but some - the two anchor stores located within the main part of the centre itself - have two levels. There is an upper level on the shopping centre which is home to a Pure Spa.The actual interior of Silverburn is lovely - it feels as if you are walking down a spotless street with stores on either side. The floors have a marble effect and there is good use of natural light made from the roof, along with careful use of plants.
The shopping centre has 14 restaurants dotted throughout including a Prezzo, Yo! Sushi, a Frankie & Bennys, Nando's and Wagamama. There's a refreshing absence of fast food joints here - and I must say I don't miss the usual suspects of McDonalds and KFC one bit.The centre has a more upmarket feel to it than the likes of Braehead and the Fort so you won't find Primark or Pounland here.
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