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Guide to Shopping in Plymouth

A Modern Shopping Centre

Shopping, completely rebuilt after the Second World War and largely pedestrianised in the early 1990s, Plymouth is traditionally the leading shopping centre of the South West.

Laid out in a grid pattern with the four main shopping streets of Royal Parade, New George, Cornwalll and Mayflower Streets intersected by Armada way which sweeps on upwards towards Plymouth Hoe and the sea, the centre offers a wide range of national, regional and local shops.

Homebase is the home improvement store where you will find inspiration for your house and garden at affordable prices for bigger items like furniture, carpets and electrical goods as well as for DIY or the family food, more likely to take place at an out of town superstore than in the plymouth city centre.

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There are three large, recently modernised department stores, Dingles (part of the House of Fraser), Debenhams and Derrys. Nearly all the best known high street names, like Next, Marks&Spencer, Boots, W H Smith, C & A, M&S, The Bodyshop, bhs, Argos, Virgin Megastore, Topshop, HMV, Woolworth, The Disney Store, Bhs, Mothercare and Toys R Us, are represented in the city. And there is also a large J Sainsbury superstore and a Tesco Metro store in the city centre.

The whole of the centre is ringed by car parks giving easy access to the shops as well as to the nearby theatres, cinemas and other leisure facilities. Park and ride facilities with frequent shuttle bus service into the city centre provide a convenient alternative for traffic coming into the city from the north and east.

Major shopping centres

Plymouth city centre is constantly evolving, a reflection of changing shopping habits and particularly the growth of out of town retailing. A major new indoor shopping mall is planned and more leisure related businesses, wine bars, bars and pavement cafes, are gradually appearing giving the centre a more continental atmosphere, enhancing the shopping experience and bringing more life to the centre in the evenings when the shops are closed.

Major superstores

Tesco, Asda and Plymco (Plymouth and South Devon Co-operative) in the north, Safeway at Manadon, J Sainsbury at Marsh Mills and a new Safeway at Plymstock, are well placed for easy access from all over the city. The Ridgeway at Plympton and Plymstock Broadway are significant shopping centres in their own right and there are district shopping centres all across the city, several with Somerfield or Plymco supermarkets. Plymco late shops are to be found right across the city and in the surrounding towns and villages.

Retail park shopping

is concentrated in ares like the Marsh Mills Retail park and around Plymouth road, Plympton, both conveniently located close to the Marsh Mills Parkway interchange. Here stores like DFS, Sainsbury, Homebase, Halfords, PC World, Carpetright, B & Q, Harveys, Comet, Currys, Furnitureland, Allied Carpets, Co-op Homemaker and Do it All are situated. More superstores like Courts, MFI Homeworks, The Suite Centre and Matalans as well as other branches of Homebase DIY and Do It All are to be found elsewhere in the city.

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