Eagles Meadow

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Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre
Eaglesmeadow1.jpg
Anchor store, Debenhams
Location Wrexham, Wales
Opening date 30 October 2008
Developer Wilson Bowden
Owner Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre LTD
No. of stores and services 63
No. of anchor tenants 2 (M&S), (Debenhams)
Total retail floor area 306,000 sq ft (28,400 m2)
No. of floors 3
Parking 970 spaces
Website http://www.eagles-meadow.co.uk/

Eagles Meadow is now a medium sized shopping centre in central Wrexham. Previously this area has had a variety of uses over hundreds of years. Originally used as stables for local gentry it has now been developed into a major shopping centre. Eagles Meadow was originally lying on lower land than the surrounding area, this has changed with the new development.[citation needed] The opening of Eagles Meadow was Thursday 30 October 2008 at 10am. There was a carnival before the grand opening and events during the day.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Used as local gentry's stables.

During World War II, the area was used as a Motor Pool for elements of the US Army's 83rd Infantry Division.[1]

After the US Army withdrew its forces in Europe after the war, the buildings and treated surface they had created were ideal as a Horse Repository.[2]

In the 1970s the land was divided between a large urban car park and a small retail development which included a new ASDA supermarket. A fly-over bridge was constructed which carried the town's ring road between Smithfield Road and Salop Road. After these developments, the car park was used as the main weekly market in the town, which moved from St George's Crescent (the original 'Beast Market').

The ASDA Store closed in the late 1990s, replaced by a much larger new-build supermarket further down the ring-road in Maesydre. The weekly market moved to a new location at the Waterworld car park.

A number of proposals were put forward for re-development of this land (which is close to St. Giles Church). Firstly John Lewis signed up to anchor a retail based development, which included a number of other stores and a supermarket. This development fell through, and the current landowner and largest stakeholder Wrexham County Borough Council decided to put the land up for tender with a number of developers.

A large number of tenders were received and in 2003 the winner was chosen as Wilson Bowden in partnership with architects Bernard Engle. The >£100m development includes two large department stores, cafes, bars, restaurants and over 40 other stores. It includes a number of landmark buildings and urban plazas, including a 'Spanish Steps' style area. A number of high rise city style apartments were constructed on the town centre side of the development. Construction began in early 2006 and opened to the public on 30 October 2008.

Controversy surrounded the new build, as several shops already located in the town centre moved to Eagles Meadow and closed their shops in the town centre.

There is a webcam pointed at the Eagles Meadow bridge hosted by local hyperlocal site Wrexham.com.

Stores[edit]

Below are just a few of the many stores, For a full updated list visit the Store Finder
As of January 2014 ;
JD Sports, Boots, Burtons, Debenhams, Greggs, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Poundworld, SportsDirect.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ . Wrexham.gov.uk http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/150_exhibition/aerial_images2.htm. Retrieved 16 January 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°02′42″N 2°59′18″W / 53.04500°N 2.98833°W / 53.04500; -2.98833