Advantages Fabulous shops, a good range of places to grab a bite to eat, lovely surroundings and the car park
Disadvantages Gets very busy on Saturdays - 10,000 parking spaces, most taken, at least 2 people per car.....
The Merry Hill Centre contains over 200 different stores so obviously I'm not going to spend time discussing the merits of each one, rather I'll concentrate on the ones I visited today and tell you about the shopping centre as a whole.The inside of the centre itself is absolutely gorgeous and has the feel of an upmarket shopping mall; the water features, benches and greenery displayed give an almost outdoors feeling despite the fact that from the moment you enter Merry Hill you're inside. It's amazingly light and airy in the Centre considering how much is packed into one building, with much of this being accomplished by the clever use of lots of marble, glass and brass incorporated into the décor. It really is a lovely relaxing place to do a bit of shopping, and actually makes spending my (partners!) hard earned money seem more of a pleasure than a chore.
I also used todays visit to stock up on toiletries from some of the various health and beauty stores in Merry Hill. I was surprised and thrilled to find a Lush tucked away near the large Marks and Spencer – until now I'd thought my very closest Lush was all the way inside the City Centre and only really accessible by a rather annoying bus route (although I don't use buses, walking or driving along bus routes in the middle of Brum is a holy nightmare)! It's quite a small branch but seems to stock everything found in other Lush stores, albeit in slightly smaller quantities. Likewise The Body Shop and BodyCare are smaller stores than I'm used to but, again, everything is well stocked and laid out in such a manner as to make the best possible use of space.I visited loads of different shops today during my visit and managed to buy exactly what I wanted. The range of shops in Merry Hill is absolutely amazing; just about every store you'd want to find on the high street is here, as well as a few you wouldn't expect to see inside such a shopping centre.
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