Shopping – The Eternal Triangle

When people rent luxury serviced apartments in Manchester, they sometimes head for the Arndale Centre, the home of Europe’s first (and largest) Next store.

For a change, why not take an amble around The Triangle? Whereas the Arndale is a 20th century complex dating from the 1970s, the Triangle is a grade II listed building that was originally used as a corn exchange. Following an IRA bomb attack in 1996 it was developed into a modern shopping complex – although the impressive façade remains.

The Triangle has a fascinating history. The current building, originally called ‘The Corn and Produce Exchange’ dates from 1897 and stands on the site of an earlier building which was built in 1837 and traded from Hanging Ditch. If that name sends a shiver down your spine, a number of city ghost tours start here, and there are plenty of serviced apartments in Manchester nearby.

The Corn Exchange fell into disuse during the Depression. However, in the 1970s it was used by the Royal Exchange Theatre Company, as well as becoming a filming location for Granada TV’s ‘Brideshead Revisited.’ The site then became a kind of Mancunian Covent Garden, with a number of traders setting up “alternative” retail outlets. As well as a large market there were permanent stores, cafes and wine bars.

Most of these businesses were forced to move as the site was redeveloped. No fear. They found alternative premises in Manchester’s Bohemian Northern Quarter, where they trade today.

Whether its high street fashions or an Indian head massage you want, we at Serviced City Pads have luxury serviced apartments in Manchester that provide you with the opportunity for as much retail therapy as you can afford. There is practically unlimited accommodation in Manchester available.