Planning and regeneration City centre regeneration areas

Retail Core

Image of people and shops on a shopping street

The city centre is a major retail hub within the UK and acts as a major tourism attractor to the wider city region. It is one of the largest retail centres outside of London. The retail sector employs in excess of 13,500 people in the city centre, across around 1,200 businesses, which makes it a major employer for Greater Manchester. The city centre’s Retail Core offers a diverse portfolio of major international brands alongside small independent traders which collectively acts as a significant draw to residents and tourists.

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