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Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

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Buchanan Galleries is a shopping centre located in the central area of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Construction began in 1996 and the building opened to the public on 31 March 1999. Costing £250 million, it is one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the United Kingdom, boasting an internal retail space of nearly 56,000 m² (603,000 sq ft). The building adjoins onto the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and could be classified as the first urban megastructure to be built in Glasgow city centre since the infamous Anderston Centre of the early 1970s.The complex's anchor tenant is John Lewis which occupies all of the northern side of the complex, including part of the car park area which it uses as a customer collections point.The Galleries is located on the junction between the famous Glaswegian shopping streets of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, a previously run down area full of derelict buildings (the site was once the home to the Glasgow branch of the NAAFI), and half-abandoned stores. Construction of the building posed a number of problems due to its size: firstly, the car park element of the centre had to traverse the railway tracks leading from the adjacent Glasgow Queen Street station, and the mall section itself had to be built over Cathedral Street.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Having endured the "Glasgow Greenhouse" on all my more recent visits to the city, I was sufficiently keen to check out this buff coloured pile at the top end of "Buch Street" and close to Queen St Sta...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Set in the heart of Glasgow easily reachable from all transport links ( including a good car park ), it is a nice centre for a wonder through and a coffee. John Lewis is the biggest attraction but oth...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    Great shopping centre with good food and shops. Not the best collection considering what else is on offer in city centre - but a brilliant not to miss spot.  more »
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  • Indoor shopping centre located near the top of Buchanan Street in the city centre. It's not quite as modern as Silverburn for example but the selection of shops is on a par with most other shopping centers, the only downside being there is no free parking! This is a problem in the city centre as always but the attached car park is fairly large and convenient although I cannot comment on the fees. Overall it's worth a visit, especially in poorer weather as it's all indoors.
  • This shopping centre has so much to offer! ... whatever you may be looking for .. you're probably sure to find it in here! .. and if you're hungry .. there is plenty of places to eat ... or just grabbing a delicious (and addictive) milkshake!
  • ground floors have a good selection of stores but a lot of units on the 2nd floor are empty. Food court very poor, a burger king and a few small stalls. With the exception of a visit to John Lewis store there's not much to recommend. The nearby St Enoch Centre is a 5 minute walk and far superior.
  • Good amount of shops in the center, though the rest are outdoor. Very different feel to the usual bigger shipping centers I've been to. Really enjoyed the outdoor walk browsing around, reminds me of my younger years when I use to walk around Oxford St before the days of the internet. Food selection in the center could be improved on however there is plenty of options nearby.
  • Excellent shopping centre. Great location. Vast array of shops for everything and lots of restaurants.

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