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“There's methadone in the madness!”

Brandon Shopping Centre
Ranked #12 of 17 things to do in Motherwell
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Brandon Shopping Centre is a themepark opened in May 2010, intended to simulate a post-apocalyptic town centre environment. Entry is free, safe exit is never guaranteed. I have no choice but to pass through here most days.

Various end-of-days scenarios are explored: zombies stumble about unchecked; aliens have invaded and surreptitiously replaced native buskers and Big Issue sellers; road systems have been configured to evoke the dead-end jams of an evacuating population; much of the area and surrounding urban sprawl looks as if a nuclear attack or superhurricane has torn through; nature has been eradicated, save for a mutant pigeon population.

'Trade' consists of gambling dens, drinking holes, pawn shops and pound shops. Everything is available on 'easy credit terms'. Queues form for loans, benefits, unhealthy foods. Children scream and addicts moan. Bags closely guarded, pockets zipped, fists clenched. Dubious men converge in solicitors' doorways, behind booze shops, outside pawn shops: comparing exploits and wounds, pooling funds, getting stories straight. 'Fifty pence for ma bus fare, big chap?' Ketchup or blood? Faded signage foretells of incoming investment, more jobs, more choice. Promises never kept. Benches lined with the old, infirm, intoxicated. Going nowhere. The sense of desperation, of a town on its knees, is palpable.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

The shopping centre has a very limited range of shops consisting mainly of pound shops and bargain shops. Eating facilities extremely limited

Thank johnniebhoy
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Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Why is that East Kilbride and Hamilton shopping centres can flourish, Uddingston and bothwell main streets offer nice shopping venues, but Motherwell has been allowed to sink to the pits of the earth. If you can fights past the 'drug users/dealers' outside McDonald's, well done. It appears that the centre is targeted at the unemployed and has endless pound shops and charity shops. I hate going over there for anything. Attract better shops and you will get better shoppers!!

3  Thank DandA1981
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

the shopping centre in my eyes has become pretty run down and I guess it does have a few good shops, primark, new look, quiz etc but mostly pound shops and one off boutiques that chop and change very often. Some of the household shops, B&M's, wilkinsons etc are very good for value. There is a hotdog/donut and various eating places in the centre too. The bus stop/taxi ranks are within a decent walking distance from the centre and are easy to use

Thank NicolaBlair
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Brandon shopping centre is really poor i say most of the shops are the same and sell the same things....

Thank G_Inspector
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