Grosvenor Centre

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The Grosvenor Centre, Northampton. Market Square entrance.

The Grosvenor Centre is a shopping centre in the town centre of Northampton, England. Work started in 1972 and the building opened in 1976.[1]

It is located adjacent to the Market Square and is owned by the multinational financial services company Legal & General. The centre has two levels and is home to a number of large shopping chains; its largest include the House of Fraser department store, Boots, British Home Stores, HMV, New Look, W H Smith and a Sainsbury's supermarket.

The centre has just started work on a £3 million refurbishment, due for completion in September 2014. It was originally due to expand over the former Greyfriars bus station, however this proposal was terminated on the 14 July 2014 and the bus station site was given back to Northampton Borough Council.[2]

Location[edit]

The Grosvenor Centre is located on the site of a previous medieval monastery in the centre of Northampton. The centre is linked to both the Market Square and Abington Street. It has its own multi-storey car park and was formerly connected to the Greyfriars bus station. The North Gate bus station is just west of the shopping centre.[3]

Stores[edit]

House of Fraser (formerly Beatties) is the centre's flagship store. The majority of the centre is home to a number of major shopping chains; its largest units are occupied by Boots, British Home Stores, HMV, New Look, W H Smith and a Sainsbury's supermarket. Fashion shops include Burton, Claire's, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon Accessorize, Superdry, Two Seasons, Topshop and Topman. Eateries include Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Millie's Cookies and Muffin Break. Hair and beauty shops include The Body Shop, Lush and Superdrug.

Future[edit]

House of Fraser, unable to commit to a long-term lease, closed in March 2014, and will be replaced by Next and Primark.[4]

A £3 million refurbishment of the centre is currently underway, due for completion in September 2014. New entrance canopies, refurbished toilets, updated ceilings, lighting, flooring, lifts and signage are all part of the refurbishment.

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Coordinates: 52°14′20″N 0°53′43″W / 52.2389°N 0.8953°W / 52.2389; -0.8953