Spires Shopping Centre
"be inspired at The Spires Barnet"
|Opening date||May 1989|
|No. of stores and services||37|
|No. of anchor tenants||1|
|Total retail floor area||90,000 square feet|
|Parking||Multi-storey car park (440 spaces)|
|No. of floors||1|
The Spires gained its name by incorporating the two spires of the Methodist church that had formerly stood on the site into the street-front facade of the shopping centre. It has many hallmarks of a smaller suburban shopping centre, and receives around 70,000 visitors per week. It is unenclosed, and has two open-air atria along its length for people to pass through as they use the centre. Today these open areas are occupied by seating areas for several cafes.
There is also an attached multi-storey car park, intended for use of visitors to the centre and the neighbouring high street.
In May 2008, there was discussion between the managing agents and the Barnet Residents Association about proposals to extend and refurbish the shopping centre, including an enlarged Waitrose store and an increased number of retail units. This was to increase The Spires competitiveness as many of the units are smaller than current industry expectations and so were failing to attract the highest rents or the best retailers. Since then however there has been little sign of any changes occurring, and this is mainly blamed on the ongoing global recession.
The centre is served by many bus routes including the 614 and 234. The nearest tube station is High Barnet, situated approximately 10 minutes walk south of the High Street. National Rail services stop a little further away at New Barnet, from which there is a regular bus service, or a slightly longer walk.