Hampshire’s new £84m Whiteley shopping centre has opened its doors to the public today with thousands of shoppers at the opening.

The 320,000 sq ft shopping centre in Hampshire is a joint venture development by British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The centre features 58 shops including Next and Marks & Spencer as well as cafes, restaurants and hairdressers.

Of the 58 retailers at the centre, 18 are offering click-and-collect services to shoppers, while Boots is to offer a late night pharmacy.

The opening is significant as Whiteley is one of the few shopping developments opening this year alongside Trinity Leeds and Glasgow’s Buchanan Street development, which both opened in the last two months.

Whiteley opens ahead of a bank holiday weekend in which it will host a number of events to drive footfall to the centre.

Situated between the two harbour cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, and adjacent to an existing Tesco supermarket, the scheme benefits from accessibility via junction nine of the M27.

Whiteley centre manager Neil Carter said: “The fun and entertainment will extend throughout our opening day up until the stores close at 8pm, recognising that many people will visit us after school and work.”

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