The Bridges

The Bridges is a shopping centre based in the city centre of Sunderland, England.

The Bridges
LocationSunderland, England
Coordinates54.905390°N 1.384500°W / 54.905390; -1.384500

The shopping centre in Sunderland contains over 100 stores, including Debenhams, TK Maxx, Next and New Look[1] The centre received 21 million shopping visits in 2012.[2]

The Centre also comprises 6 cafes, Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Esquires, Greggs, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks

The centre also has two car parks integrated into the centre, namely the Bridges (Debenhams) Car Park, e Central Multi-Storey, and the Rooftop.

The Bridges provides over 2,000 jobs to the people of Sunderland.[3]


The Bridges was opened in 1988 by The Princess Royal, and is currently owned by AEW Europe after they purchased the site from Land Securities Group in 2014.

In the year 2000 the centre was almost doubled in size, when the former Central Bus Station was demolished in favour of more shops. The city's main bus station moved to the Park Lane Interchange.

Land Securities were reported to be in talks with Sunderland City Council about the acquisition of the Crowtree Leisure Centre site once it closes, with the land being used to expand The Bridges or Marks and Spencer.

In 2012 a new three storey Primark store opened as an extension to the centre.

In 2014 Land Securities sold the centre to clients of AEW Europe for £152 million.[4]


  1. The Bridges - Stores Archived 2007-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "The Bridges, Sunderland". Land Securities. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  3. andspx.
  4. "New owners for Sunderland's The Bridges shopping centre in £152million deal". Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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