Portland Walk Shopping CentreEdit profile
Portland Walk is a medium sized town centre shopping centre situated in Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom. The shopping centre opened in 1998, and was built on the site of former Forshaw Street. Portland Walk is a major shopping district of the town seen as the regions best shopping destination.Description
Portland Walk was initially to have a roof, but is now one of the North West's largest open-air shopping centres. It is currently the county's second largest shopping centre (behind Carlisle's 67 store The Lanes and ahead of Kendal's 29 store Westmorland Centre).
Portland Walk is situated in Barrow town centre, and links the principal shopping district (Dalton Road) to the Town Hall, Duke Street, and entertainment district (pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants on and around Duke and Cornwallis Streets). The bottom end of Portland Walk leads directly into Barrow Indoor Market, one of the areas largest markets.Stores
The largest and anchor tenant is Debenhams department store. The second largest store is the also two-storey New Look, which has formerly been Littlewoods and Bhs. Other large and important stores in Portland Walk include WH Smith, Boots, Next, Topshop/ Topman and Clinton Cards. Newly opened stores include The Body Shop, Waterstones, JD, and Thorntons. Amongst the other clothes stores in the centre are River Island, Select, Bay Trading Company, Peacocks and Clarks.
There are several technology outlets including Game, Gamestation, Orange, O2 and Vodafone. There are also two jewelers, two greeting card stores, an Early Learning Centre, American-owned Sally Beauty Supply, Jessops, a Klick Photopoint store, a frozen foods store, a privately owned locksmith and a nearby Wilkinson store.
The food outlets within Portland Walk include the restaurant at Debenhams, Thorntons Cafe and a cafe at the entrance to Barrow Market. McDonald's, Subway, Diamond Restaurant, Mithali Restaurant, Wings of a Dove Coffee Shop and various other restaurants can be found on adjacent Dalton Road.
- Stores in bold above have two storeys
Ever since the construction of Portland Walk was completed, the public has questioned as to why the new complex wasn't covered by a roof. There have been numerous feasibility studies since and roof is looking ever more likely. The only issue standing is where funding could come from to enhance the centres feel and protect shoppers from rain, wind etc.