Chester has long been a shoppers paradise, the tiered shopping galleries were invented over 700 years ago to provide independent retailers space to show their wares. The galleries house many diverse shops from high-class jewellers, men’s tailors, for that special occasion, ladies boutiques and dress shops, bakers with mouthwatering selections of cakes and pastries and cosy cafes. There are individual retailers and the names you would associate with high streets all over Britain. All this in a wonderful ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere, study the different architectural buildings as you pass by and be transported back through the centuries. In the Eastgate Row is the large department store, Browns (now Debenhams), which has been an important and leading store in Chester for many years.It offers five floors of goods and the Crypt cafe in the basement.
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the UK’s largest outlet centre, with 145 stores. It was, at one point, the largest in Europe. It is located in the village of Little Stanney near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, close to Junction 10 of the M53. It is run by McArthurGlen and features a wide range of outlet stores run by large brands. As factory outlets the stores primarily offer goods from previous seasons at discounted rates of at least 30%. It is a large local employer of with its own JobCentre Plus and Retail Training Academy.
Some brands include, Bose, Levi’s, Fila, Burberry, The North Face, Calvin Klein Jeans, Karen Millen, Polo Ralph Lauren, Molton Brown, East, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Warehouse, Whittard of Chelsea, Nike Factory Store and GAP. There is a leisure park, the Coliseum, located adjacent to the centre, which provides both further shopping possibilities and also has a bowling alley and a Vue Cinema, along with the Destiny & Elite night club. Places to dine across the two sites include Frankie & Benny’s, Miller and Carter Grill, Nando’s, Chiquito, Fuxions, Prezzo, Shere Khan, Harry Ramsden’s, Singapore Sam, Spudulike, ChoZen Noodle, The Red House, TGI Friday’s, and Pizza Express. There are twoMcDonalds’, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Bella Italia and also a nearby KFC.
Other amenities have developed around the site since it opened, including the Blue Planet Aquarium, a David Lloyd Leisure club, Cheshire Oaks Business Park and a Porsche and Audi dealerships
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