Well the Paisley centre hardly the new harrods infact hardly the new anything.
The shopping centre is old and seems very tacky to be fair , their isnt a lot in the shopping centre you have a lot of individual cafes, junk shops, card shops, phone shops, you also have a butchers, fishmongers, fruit & Veg shop,
but with the likes of M&S being inside the centre this doesnt help the small businesses much and neitheir does having a morrisons near by. It also has a big Co-operative department shop which i am suprised is even still their if you look at the prices of items in the store. But it does have a nice cafe on the bottom floor and a thorntons and mcdonalds other than this its nothing special.
The centre to be fair doesnt have much life even though it is in the centre of paisley. It could be doing with some better shops in their and a bit of life adding to it. But with Braehead being a short distance away i cant see this ever happening.
Poor Selection of Shops
There's not much in Paisley these days. Braehead pretty much killed busy Saturday's and the fact that the council still insist on charging for parking on a Saturday means there's unlikely to be a drastic improvement soon.
The Paisley Centre suffers from a few empty units but the gem is the InShops. The InShops are full of little independent retailers - butchers, fish stall, cafes, furniture, nail bar, and a watch repairers. I always pop in here for repairs to my watch as the work is great and really cheap.
The M&S has went from being a normal store to being an Outlet store, which is full of M&S products which have been highly discounted. There is also a foodhall full of M&S goodies.
The Paisley Centre is ok - it could do with more filled units, but the InShops are worth checking out.
The Paisley Centre stands as an example of how big business can rob the independent entrepreneurs of the custom that make smaller towns like this self sufficient. If this place had some sort of theme tune to accompany you as you walked around, it would most certainly be Ghost Town by The Specials, which would come with unfortunate comic effect. Where once there were high street stores existing hand in hand with local businesses of all descriptions, there are now at least a dozen units lying deserted. The remaining units, as often happens in money pinching times such as these, have been snapped up by cheap looking pound shops, eager for whatever morsels of your money they can get.
It's a shame, considering this building was once obviously hoaching with shoppers. It looks like it has taken a battering in recent years so I'm taking the economic downturn into consideration, not to mention the opening of the mecca that is Braehead closeby. A few high street stores survive in here....but by that I mean I can only remember a JD Sports. There's a couple of phone salesmen looking for your custom, but I always feel awkward bypassing stalls like this since I know even if I did stop to chat I'm happy with my phone provider and couldn't earn the guy a sale.
The saving graces of this shopping centre are the sparsely scattered charity shops, one of the last existing Co Op department stores in Scotland, and the family friendly In-Stores in the heart of the centre. This section of the mall has a lot to offer, from PC repair to quirky wee wool shops and spangly haberdasheries. There's also some nice, cozy family owned cafes here which are a good alternative to the surrounding fast food joints.
It's sad that this lovely, big building is being wasted in the way it is. Paisley could potentially be a booming town if it wasn't being stifled by its big city business neighbours.
not worth a visit! it's ok if your passing through for a birthday card or something small. Nowhere decent to buy clothes except Marks and spencer. Centre is full of mobile phone shops and cosmetic shops.
sad shopping centre. more security staff than customers!!
Paisley Town Centre is disappointedly downgraded, and it have been declined quite rapidly!
I believe it is down to the lack of free car parking system, which the people have diverted their attention onto the Braehead shopping Centre, which they do boasts a massive free car park area.
Moreover, the town centre stores, have decided to shut down, and it is becoming a common thing in the town centre than compared to 10 years ago, as I remember spending my boxing shopping in this town centre. It was bust and crammed with loads of people.
But nowadays, I have went back to Paisley to go to a specific shop, but I as gob-smacked to see all the stores being boarded up and saying we have moved away from this area out of Paisley.
So Paisley is actually a rubbish place to go for your shopping experience.
So I think the council need to reconsider, and try to regenerate the area seriously. Like considering a new land for free car parking space, to compete with the Braehead, and to consider a new over heading roofing, maybe in Glass, and then they might attract more people back to the high street
really sad wee place now. Its such a shame that Paisley in general has become so dilapidated! Not many shops in here now. I think most people go to Braehead or Silverburn. I think this is due to the high parking prices in town. renfrewshire council really need to get their act together to save Paisley town centre.
I always get a wee bit depressed in the Paisley Centre, and Paisley as a shopping area as a whole. It has obviously suffered from Braehead opening. There's not much left of any worth in the Centre, apart from maybe Marks and Spencer foodhall (the clothng section has been turned into an outlet store). Wish planners would pour some money into the area. Specialist stores would be good - something of which Braehead has none.
poor in comparison nwith braehead,most of the shops close down because rent is so expensive which means any shops you like wont be around too long
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