While Manchester and its myriad of shops and multi-level shopping centres are just a few miles away, Preston has plenty of commercial opportunities, including several well-equipped shopping centres and a popular market.
Shopping in Preston
A main route through the city, Fishergate is a small but densely packed shopping centre with good access to a nearby car park and the train station. With high street essentials like a two-level Debenhams, TK Maxx and Primark, as well as watch repair shops, perfume outlets and plenty of cafés, it covers a lot of retail bases.
The centre is open daily from 9am until 6pm, with late-night shopping on Wednesdays until 8pm. The car parking rates are affordable, with free 30-minute parking for any click-and-collect purchases. There are four food and drink outlets in total, including P&E’s Coffee shop, McDonald’s and Moka, which has a diverse menu including a respectable range of tapas. Our Preston Central hotel is perfectly placed, less than 100 metres away.
On a larger scale is St. George’s Shopping Centre, a two-floor affair with its own multi-storey car park and over 100 stores, including Marks & Spencer, River Island and H&M. Open from 8am until 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5.30pm on Sundays, there are over 400 parking spaces including mother and child spaces. There are ten food and drink outlets, including fast-food chains Greggs, Burger King and Subway, three coffee shops and the Marks & Spencer café.
Built in 1899 and just a short stroll from the Harris Museum and Gallery, Miller Arcade was Preston’s first indoor shopping centre. A Grade II-listed building replete with vintage shop fronts, it’s home to a hip range of shops and restaurants, including French Connection and Baluga Bar & Kitchen.
A more modern option is Deepdale. Located slightly out of town – halfway between our Preston Central and Preston East hotels – it includes 1,000 parking spaces and high street stores such as Next, New Look and Aldi. A huge space holding plenty of large-scale stores, there are 10 choices for eating and drinking, including Nando’s, Pizza Hut and Frankie and Benny’s, as well as fast food chains like Pizza Hut, Greggs and KFC.
While Preston’s indoor market undergoes a major redevelopment – creating a brand new Market Hall within the existing Victorian canopy – the outdoor market is home to a car boot and market every Tuesday and Thursday. Located under the Grade II-listed canopy, there are hundreds of traders selling anything and everything, with bargains around every corner.