Advantages Great location and great range of items
Disadvantages some things expensive!
KendalsKendals (only 1 'L' not 2 as Ciao have put!) is one of Manchester's old department stores. It is owned and operated by House of Fraser and is the largest department store in Manchester and is very centrally located. It offers a good range of items and always has some great buys in sale season (after Christmas and the summer)
Location?Kendals is located on Deansgate and is right in the heart of the city and near to other shopping areas. Within a five minute walk of Kendals you will find other massive names such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Marks and Spencer.
If you are driving form outside of Manchester then Deansgate is well signposted once you approach the city centre and Kendals is clearly visible. Car parks are well signposted throughout the city centre and Kendals has its own designated car park behind the store. Be aware that this car park is really well located for Kendals but it is VERY expensive (over £7 for 3 hours...) There are lots of alternative and cheaper car parks around the city. Deansgate is on all major bus routes and trains stop at Victoria train station which is less than a five minutes walk from Kendals.What's there?
As you would imagine Kendals sells just about everything, but here is a summary of the main items you can find!:Perfumes/cosmetics:
Lower ground floor and annex:
Here you will find everything for the modern man and they stock a massive selection of designer casual makes include Ralph Lauren (now mini store), Fahri, Paul Smith, DKNY and French Connection.
They also offer a very good formal wear selection which offers a good range of work wear including suits by Jaegar and YSL and a good shoe department.Women's wear.
One the first floor you will find clothing for younger women including makes such as French Connection, Oasis, Levis and Diesel etc. Not sure if it is me getting older but it always seems to be very noisy on this floor! They always have younger shop assistants on this floor and they are very knowledgeable about the products they are sellingOn the second and third floor they have clothing for older women and I have never really ventured on these floors but I believe that they offer a very good range of clothing and shoes! (Children's wear is also on the third floor and stock mini versions of clothing most adults would love!!)
For the home:
For furniture they offer everything from bedrooms down to lighting and carpets over 3 floors in the store. They have a great range of items for every room in the home. I have just refurbished two bedrooms and bought most items from here: although items are not cheap the store offers quality products and a good money back/exchange policy.Seasonal items are also popular and they stock a great range of items for Christmas including speciality plates to massive trees!
Where to eat?There are four cafe/restaurants throughout the store. My favourite is the ground floor coffee shop which offers a great range of sandwiches and pastries and serves excellent coffee. It's very fast service so ideal for lunch times when you are working or even shopping and don't have much time!
Best buys?The best way to save money shopping here is to have a House of Fraser recognition card. This is like a store card on which you can collect points that then save you money when shopping in store.
They also have quite a number of 10% off days which are great for saving money on larger items such as furniture or more expensive items of clothing. They also offer additional sale discounts as well.
It's certainly worth a visit!!
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