Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington

Galleries Shopping Centre, commonly shortened to The Galleries, is a shopping centre located in Washington, City of Sunderland. It opened in 1974 and has over 200 stores. In 2008, a multimillion-pound expansion saw a Retail Park open beside the shopping centre.

Galleries Shopping Centre
Galleries Shopping Centre in 2006
LocationWashington, Tyne and Wear, England
Coordinates54.90053°N 1.53288°W / 54.90053; -1.53288
Opening date1974
ManagementDavid McNee
No. of stores and servicesover 200
No. of anchor tenants3
No. of floors2
Parkingalmost 3000 spaces
Public transit accessWashington Galleries bus station

Shops and food/drink

The shopping centre has many large supermarkets and retail chains located in the Main Centre and Retail Park.

Various other retailers include in the Galleries Shopping Centre, Superdrug, New Look, Game, Iceland, Bonmarché,, McDonald's, Subway, The Carphone Warehouse, Boots, First Choice, Thomson Holidays, Dorothy Perkins, Specsavers, JD Sports, Brighthouse, Ladbrokes and Ryman.

The shopping centre has four malls on the ground floor, the Southern Mall, Western Mall, Wessington Square and Albany Mall. The first floor contains the Eastern Gallery Mall, Western Gallery Mall and Southern Gallery Mall.


During Winter 2009, the Shopping Centre, underwent through Phase 1 of a Redevelopment. This contained new tiling, new lighting and bigger and more lighter entrances into each of the malls, and was completed in Summer 2010.

Phase 2 of the Shopping Centre's redevelopment began in Spring 2011. This consisted of new floor tiling, improved lighting, a new glazed roof to add more natural light into Wessington Square. The redeveloped Wessington Square includes a new cafe and new seating and planting.

Retail Park

In 2008, the Galleries Retail Park opened. The stores include Newlook, River Island, Next, Clark's, Home Bargains, Pets at Home, Outfit, Aldi, Marks and Spencer's Food Outlet and many more.

Regular bus services run daily to and from the Galleries Shopping Centre.

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