We've been coming here since it opened many moons past.
The place constantly evolves, when Borders
closed it left a big gaping hole in the heart of the place for us but it's soo handy as it's just down the M8.
The place is easy to find from Glasgow (M8 junction 10 [ you can't miss the aluminium
wall and the big tower if looking for it) and from the other direction you just take the Steps exit and loop round by the Morrison's & Decathlon. Both exits have signs on the M8 if you are looking for them.
There's loads of parking, but the parking fills up fast during busy weekends and at prime
shopping periods such as XMAS. This isn't an issue for us as we tend to go early at the weekends and late in the evenings, taking advantage of the choice of places to have a coffee or hot chocolate, early lunch or Breakfast.
There's a few people I know don't like it because it's in the open. Personally I like the Fort as it feels quieter, even when the car parks are full. I sometimes find that shopping centres can be crowded, with air conditioning that dries your mouth and I end up getting frustrated. I don't find that at the Fort as there is loads of fresh air and people tend to stick to the shops, leaving the walkways free.
The new additions, beside ASDA Living, of a cinema and restaurants have added to the feel of the place but have made parking a bit harder in some places at the same time.
Hopefully the place will keep evolving as shops change and further new developments appear in the future.
The Fort is a bit of a strange shopping destination for one big reason ... it's outside. In Scotland. Where it rains for 250 days a year. Putting that aside, it's actually not a bad place to visit if you're keen to do a spot of shopping, although I'd recommend arriving earlier in the day so you don't get stuck in the car park queue!
It's easy to find off Junction 10 of the M8 and there seemed to be a good amount of parking when we arrived around midday on a Sunday. But when we were leaving, there was huge queues to get in - I was so glad we weren't stuck in these as I probably would have turned around and left!
I don't really like the layout of the shops as they wraps around the car park, so if you were visiting Asda Living at one end, and decided you wanted to pop into Topshop, you'd be in for a bit of a walk. There's a separate section for the restaurants and cinema (Vue), with a range of places like TGI Fridays, Chiquito, Presso and Harvester. There's a Frankie & Benny in the shop area as well, if you're that way inclined.
The big draw card is probably Hobby Craft which we had a quick look in, and is a pretty impressive shop for anyone into a bit of crafting. I'll definitely be back for a proper rummage. My other favourite shop here is Zara - I love Zara anyway, but this one is probably the best Zara I've ever visited based on the size, layout and how tidy it was. Very impressive. The Cruise Outlet isn't worth visiting unless you're a man and have very good night vision.
Would I rush back to the Fort for a shopping outing? No, it's not really very close to us and the carpark seems like it could be really off-putting with the queues. I also thought for a shopping park that size they could do with more than one toilet block (between Zara and The Body Shop) as it could mean a fair bit of a walk depending on where you were. But for a few hours to kill on a Sunday (and Eats from the Street pop up village), it was a decent experience.
This shopping park was built around the same time I was finding it more and more acceptable to spend stupid amounts of money on books and CD's. There was a Borders at one end (remember them?) and a Virgin Megastore that morphed in to Zavvi that morphed in to an HMV. After HMV almost going bust, the shop is a shadow of the size it used to be, selling on 2 thirds of its premises to Superdrug (cheerio Boots).
All in all the shopping park has a great potential to be one of the best shopping parks in Glasgow, if it wasn't for the horrendous car park arrangement that sees the car park split in to sections and colour coded, which makes it no easier to get round the spaghetti like roads to find a half decent parking space.
The shops themselves are nothing exciting either, just the usual Boots, Argos, HMV, Next, TopShop/TopMan/Burton, a few lesser known shops, a few jewellers and what seems to be 10 phone shops (are you surprised?)
Great if you're going clothes shopping and are in the area but I wouldn't go out my way to travel to Glasgow's version of "The Fort".
The Fort seems to be getting better in my opinion, but that could just be because they have added more food places!
There is a decent mix of ships from Next to Schuh to Boots and many many more.
There is mobile shops, coffee shops and plenty of places to eat such as TGI's, Pizza Express, Nandos, etc.
The one age old gripe about the Fort is it is not under cover. So when it's cold, it's bloody freezing at times. Especially if there is a high wind. I am not a huge fan of shopping in general , but when I need to, I often go here.
There is plenty of parking and at the very least you can get to go to Millie's and buy cookies...... Cookie availability is always a plus point.
Loads of shops to choose from. All the usual high street and food places too (just in case you get hungry)!
All flat and very accessible to everyone.
Only downside it's an outdoor and could cath the scottish weather easily!! Plenty of parking and it has a new cinema too if you fancy going to see a picture. It's a handy stop if I'm on my way in or out of glasgow as I sometimes need a hit of caffiene! I must put a mentl a mental note of JUNCTION 10 in my head as I have been known to doble back as i have missed the junction! ha ha ha!!
The extention to the fort has apparently been brought forward to July/August this year -
I find myself here probably atleast 3 times a week, its so central to me its great, plus its got most things I look for, coffee shops, fast food outlets, cloths shopping.
There's nothing like doing a bit of late night Christmas shopping at The Fort! Every year, Colin and I, and usually our friend Maria, leave our Christmas shopping to the week before Christmas when The Fort is open till midnight, and cram in all of our shopping with about 300 other people doing the same thing!
I do think it's a tad silly having an outdoor shopping centre in a country with weather like Scotland's, but to be honest it's never rained once when I've been there, and I always look forward to a trip to The Fort, especially at Christmas when they have the donut stand up outside DW Sports, yum yum yum!
I like the Fort as an idea BUT the one thing I always say and always hear other people saying is WHY an outside shopping park in Glasgow?! On even the warmer/drier days it still seems to be a total wind tunnel and the worst thing for me is waiting in those open, windy, freezing bus stops. Brrrr! I was there last week waiting on a bus in the evening and I needed my hat & gloves I tell thee.
I do like that fact that they have many shops that open until 9pm at least on most days of the week and that there's also a cheeky Nandos there too. The shop selection is also getting better ~ Asda Living being a wee gem and also a few other shops you wouldn't get in town/other malls. STILL no Primark so they lost a star for that, sorry, but I love the mucho cheapness.
Another con about the Fort is the lack of public transport there ~ not many buses from my area that go there AND I live in the bloomin' East End! Sort it out.
Still, HOT DONUTS! Yas.
The Glasgow Fort is the East-end's very own little sattelite version of the city centre's Golden Z. Featuring all of your typical high street stores: Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Next, River Island, Starbucks, Burtons Warehouse, Boots, etc., as well as a few restaurants such as Frankie & Benny's and Nando's. Since it is outdoors it can get fairly windy, but for the most part you can stay under the awnings. Since I life in the East-end, I find The Fort really handy for a quick shopping trick, popping in for a coffee with friends, and avoiding the Christmas shopping crowd (well, to an extent!)
It's open until 10pm on weeknights, and on the run-up to Christmas it's open until midnight. They have a myriad of parking spaces. I mean, beyond plenty! There are also regular bus links (which, incidentally, are pretty terrible if you live nearby but great if you live a little farther out), and it's literally right beside the exit of the M8 motorway.
There's also a Morrison's across the way, and some stores you don't get in town such as Asda Living, Hobbycraft, and SCS sofas.
Saves you a trip into the city centre on most occasions, and some of the shops are bigger or have better stock than their Buchanan or Argyll Street counterparts. Worth a visit.
Located off the M8, this open-air shopping centre is easily accessible from most places in the region. Externally it looks more like a retail park than a shopping centre and I can't decide what to make of the fact that it is outdoors - fresh air, great, but surely the point of a shopping centre is so that you are not exposed to the elements?
My mum, armed with her new Sat Nav, & I found our way here in search of the big Hobby Craft which was the purpose of the trip. However, it was about the only 'unusual' shop here - the rest are pretty much all high street stores...except...no Marks and Spencers!! Shocker. The Hobby Craft is certainly huge but also disappointingly expensive.
The Fort is open until 10pm during the week so handy for those nearby who need to pick up something to wear quickly or a last minute present but, in my opinion, not worth a long journey.
The first time I went to the Fort - sent off to do an errand for my then boss - I got horribly, horribly lost.
It was one of those times when you're in the middle of an unknown area of the city with absolutely no idea where you are and your sat nav announces "you have reached your destination" and your heart sinks. Because you haven't. It took an hour and a half of frantic phonecalls to my boyfriend with google maps and my boss with a proper map before I got there.
I tell you, when I finally turned the corner to the sight of the giant Glasgow Fort sign, I nearly cried tears of happiness. I don't think I've ever been quite so pleased to see a shopping centre. You will be pleased to know, though, that it was just be being a bit of an idiot really. If you stick to the M8, and don't try to go the back way, then you really can't miss it.
The Fort has just about everything you could need for a shopping trip. Just about all the big names in high street fashion, as well as the biggest Boots I have ever seen in my life, lots of cafes and restaurants and home furnishing stores.
One of the highlights is an Asda store that doesn't sell food - just clothes, DVDs, games, CDs, electrical and homeware. Surprisingly good!
The Fort was hyped up to the hilt when it first came on the scene, but the over all reaction to the end product was a bit deflated.
I like the Fort though, mainly because it is convienient if you need to pack a little bit of late night retail therapy in. It is especially great at Xmas, as it seems to be open most of the time, pretty much 24 hours! It can get a little crazy too!
This outdoor shopping centre has all the high street giants including an outstandingly good New Look, a Topshop-Miss Selfridge hybrid store and a cracking Boots. You can also grab a bite from Frankie and Bennies or Nandos, or a take-away from McChans or Subway. It really has everything you would need from a shopping centre, but lacks the character of the City Centre.
This is an odd place, a weird blend of out-of-town style shopping and pretend high street.
There is a good range of all the usual high street shops, Boots, Zara, Zavvi etc. The branch of Borders here is always very quiet unlike its city centre counterpart, which is nice.
The whole place is open air, well not the shops themselves but the walkways between them. I think they have tried to achieve all the advantages of an out of town shopping centre (big and bigger shops, lots of parking, easy access) with all the advantages of a proper high street (open air, atmosphere)
However this just seems to lead to all the disadvantages of both (no real atmosphere, aesthetic appeal or soul, some of the shops are just too far apart in the bad weather to not put your jacket on or brolly up unless you want to sprint).
I think the biggest advantage of the Fort is the proximity to the M8, this means that if you drive it's easy to get to but every time I've been here the car park is just mental with people parked in completely random places.
This is an excellent Shopping Centre in Easterhouse, Glasgow,
just off the M8 Motorway from Coatbridge, Springburn, City Centre, Renfrew, Ibrox, Livingston, Cumbernauld etc etc etc; in fact, handy for just about everywhere in Strathclyde Region, or whatever we are now called; it has all become so confusing. Sorry for the Political Comment, but do they have a Clue what they are doing ???
Big wide-open space; Plenty of fresh air; Brilliant !!! Wife, Children, Grand-Children go to the Shops - I take Dog for a walk in the clean, fresh air.
Loads of good shops; reasonable prices; no problems.
When wife is at work I go Myself(Retired and it's not far away
from our House - Peace perfect Peace- No wife, family or Dog !!!) Love it !!! See you there !!! We don't need "Braehead"; "Livingston"; "Clydebank" or "Alexandria" when we have "EASTERHOUSE".
Great large stores with lots of choice!
good for buying things for your home! Pier, asda and next home are fab! Plenty of places to eat aswell, frankie and bennys, pizza hut ect and a great crepe stall! not so great if its raining as your are quite out in the open! plenty free parking!
Allegedly built on the site where gangs used to hold their 'meets' this is a development which has brought yet more service sector employment to an area of traditionally low employment. Gladly the gangs seem to have moved on and the site itself is well maintained with long sleek lines and curves.
It's the usual range of shops most of which seem to have been super-sized making them feel somewhat unwieldy as you wander around the isles searching for whatever it is you're looking for. Outside it's fine, unless it rains, in which case your going to get wet unless you dash into one of the coffee shops or have remembered to bring a brolly.
As at least one reviewer as already said, the place does feel a built soulless.
The fort has a good range of big shops with long opening hours including Argos, Hobbycraft, Argos, Boots and Next Home. There is also a choice of places to eat including Pizza Hut and Subway.
All good so far now for the down side. The place seams to always be windy and cold even on a mild day. Difficult to get to if you don't drive although if you do there is a large car park.
If going wrap up warm and take a windproof umbrella.
I hate this shopping park, it is not the same as Braehead, as it is open roof, and it is bit like a high Street feel, and it is too bloody cold, and not very nice. even in the rain, and it doesn't have enough toilets area, which it is poor.
Even I dont like seeing the litters strewn all over the ground, as since then it is a outdoor shopping area. I think it would be better if it was converted to a indoor store, then I am sure many more people will come
I have been twice, and decided never come back again ever
The Fort is a pretty decent shopping park in terms of the range of shops it offers.
The actual shops are well laid out and stocked and I usually find what I'm looking for when I shop there.
The big draw back of The Fort however is the fact that it's always freezing - even in the height of summer!
The designers seem to have gotten it wrong by ensuring there's always a 'through draft' as you walk between the buildings.
If you need to heat yourself up though - I'd recommend the Thorntons cafe, it sells great coffee and cake. Just one thing though, the service is awful so don't go in if you're in a hurry!!
Although the Fort has a great selection of shops, it's never top of my list of shopping centres to visit. I don't drive and find the bus services a bit hit and miss, so that doesn't help.
But the layout is also a bit strange - it's fine if it's a sunny day but if it's raining it makes for a pretty miserable shopping experience, especially if you are walking from TK Maxx to Boots for example.
They have long opening hours all year round, extended for the Christmas rush, but even at that it's not enough to tempt me to go there more than about once a year.
This shopping centre is always very busy and sometimes it can be a bit difficult to get parked. There is a huge variety of large (flagship, type) shops here and most notably the only Hobby Craft store in Scotland.
Being outdoors is actually a benefit for the place, it doesn't feel as cramped as other shopping centres and it has more of a high street feel about it.
There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and even a children's playpark, but sadly not enough toilets.
Morrison's flagship store is situated nearby, making it an ideal place to go to combine getting the messages with other shopping.
This is a good sized shopping centre which is open air a nice change from the others around the city centre. The parking is free and there are various car parks all of which have parent and child spaces and disabled spaces. There is also a regular bus service so it really is accessable to all.
The shops range is good including a large boots, outdoor shop in Blacks, sports shop in jd sports and jjb sports. There is an early learning centre and mamas and papas along with asda living. There are plenty of places to eat either take away or sit in including pizza hut, subway etc. The only thing is they do not have a marks and spencers.
I made the unfortunate decision to visit this place one Saturday afternoon. Never again. Three truly mammoth car parks all full to the brim with an endless queue of cars. It reminded me why I'm lucky to live in the city - I can walk to any of these stores in the city centre in less time than it takes me to find a parking place in one of these suburban shopping centres. There's nothing special about this place that justifies a visit and if you have to go, leave it until much later in the day...
I really like the Fort. The branches of shops such as Top Shop are huge and have a great stock selection. All outdoors so not so good on a miserable weather day. Does lack good eating places although they have opened a Nandos. Good creche facility although quite expensive.
The worst thing about the Fort is that is is open air - not great in the west of Scotland were it is raining a lot. There are good shops, some of which you can't get anywhere else, e.g. Hobbycraft. Also has TK Maxx, ASDA Livngs, Borders, Frankie & Benny's. I think it lacks a fast food place like Mconalds or Burger King. Although the car parks are huge - going on a Sunday afternoon near Christmas is a nightmare!
It's a good shopping centre, it's just a shame that it's outside, it was very windy when I was there last, it wasn't fun. Good shops though and nice friendly staff
OKwho's the idiot that designed an open air mall in the west of Scotland? Nicely shaped to act like a wind tunnel and open enough to let the rain in, they went the whole way and made the large motorway side of the mall like a giant mirrorno driving hazard there with a low winter sun! Apart from all the design faux pas, the shops are fine with some that you won't find in most malls (like the large craft store). It feels like there are relatively few stores for the size of the place and it just gets too annoying to walk outside between every store when it rains so often and most malls are indoor. Not somewhere I would frequent.
I don't go here as often as other shopping centre's simply because it's a bit out of the way for me.The stores that are there are really big which is a plus and they have some really good shops eg Miss Selfridge and Zara but there isn't actually a huge number of shops.There are lots of parking spaces so it's not too bad for that.There are only 2 restaurants aswell which is quite disappointing,a Frankie and Bennys and I think a pizza hut?The biggest downfall for The Fort however is the fact that it isn't indoors so if it's raining when your walking from store to store you get absolutely soaked.Not being indoors is a great idea if it's sunny but I can't remember the last time I saw the sun in Scotland.
It is very handy to get to as it is right beside the M8 which connects to everywhere in the Glasgow area really.
It has a good variety of stores. Not a city center beater though as it lacks a couple of smaller stores you'd only find in the city like Schuh, Gamestation and M&S. It makes up for this though as it has a good quite big morrisons supermarket.
And for some reason it has a pretty rubbish "Asda home" which is just the same stuff as the supermarket's really. It's only bigger as it's better set out.
The food is good here though, it's all close together, at one end of the place and there's Nando's which is hard to find in Scotland.
There's only one gigantic problem with "The Fort" however. It is out doors, yes, in Scotland and outdoors. If you ask me that's a bad idea.
The fact that it lacks any cover from the endless rain is the reason why I much prefer Braehead.
I really like the Glasgow Fort it is open air which can be a nice change. There is plenty of free parking with a regular bus service. It seems even if the car park is busy that it never feels over crowded. It hosts a range of shops from a good size boots, borders, pizza hut, subway, various jewllers, hobbycraft, asda living, argos and many more. there is also on occasion a farmers market, and fresh fruit stall. There are plenty of eating places. There is a childs play area and soft play supervised creche that is popular. It stays open late and open 24 hours i think at Christmas this year double check that though.
This is a shopping centre with plenty of places to eat and drink from pizza hut, to subway i do like the hot doughnuts on a cold day as i walk. I must admit it is cold here but sometimes the shops in other shopping centres can get so hot that it can be a nice change to come here to shop. The shops range from books to craft shops they have an argos extra, au natural sports shops and many more. The parking is free and i am sure there is a bus service in operation. It does get quite busy here but the opening hours for most shops are between 10am to 10pm with extended hours at Christmas.
Good idea in principle - a combination between a high street and shopping mall - but it seems to lack the variety of choice that the likes of Silverburn, Braehead and Buchanan Galleries have. What is there already at the Fort is great, especially the massive tk maxx. But it seems like there could be more in the way of shops - there certainly seems to be plenty of space for them.
For locals the Glasgow Fort is great for shopping. yes, its open air and can get a bit windy but it's built in the East End of Glasgow where the fours winds are said to meet. One member commented on rubbish strewn about the ground which I have never seen and I visit nearly every weekend. It is very well maintained and the presence of security guards is nice to see outside the shops. I guese if you want to be all nice and warm in a busy enclosed shopping mall then go to Braehead or Silverburn. Me? I'll stick with my local!
Nice and handy. Saves you from going into town. All the shops are high street, there is nothing different but they are all well kept and are clean. Always plenty of staff around. The only downside is that it can be quite windswept up there. They shoudl have made it an indoor place, we live in sunny Scotland!!!
Glasgow Fort shopping park is a vast emporium of shops, all in one location. There is a gigantic car park system so you should be able to park OK (of course at Christmas, things get a little crazy, in line with everywhere else!) Whatever it is you are after in the retail market, it will be available here at Glasgow Fort shopping park . Located just down the road from Cricklewood, and at the end of the M1, it is well served by major traffic routes so is easy to find. It is very easy to spend a great deal of money in here in one trip! Restrain yourself by deciding what you want to spend before you leave the house! It is a real experience with lots of diferent shops and lovely places to eat and drink there is also loads for the kids to do too !!!!!!!!!!!
The Glasgow Fort opened up about 3 or 4 years ago to the east end of Glasgow and just off the M8 which normally provides easy access. All the usual shops (Next, River Island, etc) are here including a JJB Gym with swimming pool. Being exposed to the elements this is the one down side to the Fort as the wind whistles right through so in winter months best to wrap up. There are a number of site in eateries including Frankie & Bennies, Pizza Hut and Nandos as well as a few others. Generally it provides all you need and on Saturday there is a farmers market.
This place is very good. Stuck for Xmas gifts? this place always busy no matter what the time of the month may be. However Christmas is always a busy time but you get what you are looking for. This place is well worth a visit
The fort is pretty far out to get to but i suppose that depends on where you live! It is not my favourite place to shop as i dont think it has any atmosphere. It hasnt been built that long, but did the folk involved in the planning not realise it is rainy in glasgow?! Why oh why did they not make it under cover? There are quite a number of shops including boots, zara, borders, top shop etc, also a huge asda home and tk maxx. There are plenty of coffee shop and places to eat so you can have a wee break while you are there.
The Fort is an out of town outdoor shopping centre just off the M8 which has lots of high street stores such as New Look, Borders and Zavvi. It has a huge car park so you can always get a space except if you turn up on Christmas Eve like I did last year! It's great having somewhere to go shopping that doesn't involve going into town as it's much quicker and I usually zoom in pick up something to wear that night then go home.
Ok selection of shops apart a few of the main ones that are missing. Nice place but would be much better if it had an indoors.
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