The Galleries, Bristol

The Galleries, Bristol

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The Galleries (formerly The Mall Bristol), is a shopping mall situated in the Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol city centre, England. Functioning as one of the city's retail malls, it is a three-storey building, opened in 1991, on the former site of the Fairfax House (built in 1962).


The foundations of mall were laid on 6 July 1989 and also a time capsule was put under the main entrance floor with items from a local school.The mall was opened on 15 October 1991 by Lord Mayor of Bristol, Peter Abaraham. It was designed by Leslie Jones.

Unlike with many schemes of its type, the size of Bristol's Broadmead Centre meant that many major stores simply stayed in existing locations, including Next, Debenhams, House Of Fraser, John Lewis and Marks & Spencers. There was therefore no major 'anchor' store; and the later move of John Lewis to the out-of-town 'The Mall at Cribbs Causeway' (unrelated to the Galleries most recent owner) brought a further reduction in overall visitors to the Broadmead area.

Later, with the demolition of much of the 1950s and 1960s areas of Broadmead, another large 'semi covered' shopping centre was built, this time attracting some large stores who had been displaced by the development, including the 2nd relocation of House Of Fraser in a few years.

In 2007 and 2008 the complex underwent a minor facelift, with the inside being re-painted, and the relocation of the lifts, from the centre of the complex, moved near to the 'Greyhound'...
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