The Arndale Centre Manchester, with a retail floor space of around 1.5m sq ft, is the largest city-centre shopping mall in Europe. Having been built in the 1970s, when such malls were springing up around the UK, it was dramatically redeveloped from the eyesore it had become with its Stalinist architecture, thanks ironically to the IRA bomb that ripped through Manchester in 1996. Its 38m visitors a year (ahead of the mighty Trafford Centre which is on 35m) make it one of the most popular shopping malls in the UK.
The Manchester Arndale is an indoor shopping centre in Manchester city centre providing over 200 shops as well as restaurants and eateries for locals and visitors alike. The Manchester Arndale Centre is home to a number of large department stores as well as retail chains and independent shops catering for every taste and budget.