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New Strand Shopping Centre
Location Bootle, Merseyside, England
Opening date4 October 1968 [1]
ManagementBob Greenhalgh - Centre Manager
OwnerSefton Council
No. of stores and services130
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 407,000 square feet (38,000 m2) [2]
No. of floors2
Website Strand Shopping Centre Website

The New Strand Shopping Centre, known locally simply as The Strand, is the main shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, England. Opened in 1968, it was part of a larger Bootle redevelopment during this period, which was also complemented by the establishment of the Girobank headquarters in nearby Netherton. [3]

Bootle Town in Merseyside, England

Bootle is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England, which had a population of 51,394 in 2011; the wider Parliamentary constituency had a population of 98,449.

Merseyside County of England

Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1.38 million. It encompasses the metropolitan area centred on both banks of the lower reaches of the Mersey Estuary and comprises five metropolitan boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral, and the city of Liverpool. Merseyside, which was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972, takes its name from the River Mersey.

National Girobank was a British public sector financial institution run by the General Post Office that opened for business in October 1968. It started life as Post Office Giro but went through several name changes, becoming National Giro then National Girobank and finally Girobank plc before being absorbed into Alliance & Leicester plc in 2003.

The centre was extended between 1997 and 1998 and completed in November the same year to provide additional retail outlets, as well as additional car-parking facilities and improved transportation to the centre. The Strand centre is also widely known for the 1993 abduction of toddler James Bulger, who was later found murdered on a nearby railway line. Police examined CCTV footage recorded in the centre and later discovered that two ten year old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, were responsible for his abduction and murder.

Murder of James Bulger Murder of James Bulger on 12 February 1993 in England

James Patrick Bulger was a 2-year-old boy from Kirkby, Merseyside, England, who was abducted, tortured and killed by two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Bulger was led away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle as his mother had taken her eyes off him momentarily. His mutilated body was found on a railway line 2.5 miles (4 km) away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his abduction. Thompson and Venables were charged on 20 February 1993 with Bulger's abduction and murder.

In October 2014, it was announced that London-based Ellandi had purchased the shopping centre, yet it was sold to Sefton Council just two and a half years later.


The Strand opened on 4 October 1968 by Mayor of Bootle, Alderman Oliver Ellis [1] as part of a larger Bootle redevelopment during this period, having previously been streets of housing. [4] The Strand saw its first major redevelopment and expansion in 1997-1998, conceived in response to the shortage of larger sized units in Bootle. [5] The redevelopment project consisted of a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) [5] expansion to the existing shopping centre mall, providing new floor space to a host of new retailers, whilst also providing a direct link into a new bus station and transport interchange for Merseyrail, all being completed in November 1998. [6] Additional parking facilities were provided in the form of a new multi storey carpark which complements the existing multi story carpark adjacent.

Bus station structure, larger than a bus stop, where city or intercity buses stop to pick up and drop off passengers

A bus station is a structure where city or intercity buses stop to pick up and drop off passengers. While the term bus depot also refers to a bus station, it can also refer to a bus garage. A bus station is larger than a bus stop, which is usually simply a place on the roadside, where buses can stop. It may be intended as a terminal station for a number of routes, or as a transfer station where the routes continue.

Merseyrail Rapid transit/commuter rail network and National Rail franchise serving Liverpool and Merseyside

Merseyrail is a partially underground commuter rail network and train operating company (TOC) serving Liverpool and the surrounding Liverpool City Region, England. It is a part of Serco-Abellio, and is formed of two electrified lines of the National Rail network known as the Northern Line and the Wirral Line which run underground in central Liverpool and Birkenhead, providing a metro-style service. A third line, separate from the metro-style network, is named the City Line, which is a term used by the governing body Merseytravel referring to local services it sponsors on the Liverpool to Manchester Lines and Liverpool to Wigan Line operated by Northern.

Parking lot Cleared area that is intended for parking vehicles

A parking lot or car park, also known as a car lot, is a cleared area that is intended for parking vehicles. Usually, the term refers to a dedicated area that has been provided with a durable or semi-durable surface. In most countries where cars are the dominant mode of transportation, parking lots are a feature of every city and suburban area. Shopping malls, sports stadiums, megachurches and similar venues often feature parking lots of immense area. See also multistorey car park.

The centre was purchased by London-based Ellandi in 2014, who announced plans to update the signage, improve accessibility and bring in new retailers. [7] Under their ownership, the return of anchor tenant TJ Hughes was announced, as well as a vacancy rate decrease to less than 10%, with a footfall increase of 14% each year. [8] Ellandi sold the shopping centre in 2017 to Sefton Council for £32.5m, [9] who cited the desire to protect local jobs and assist towards a wider region regeneration, as well as to generate a stable income for the council. [10] The council spent almost £700,000 on legal advice for the purchase of the shopping centre. [11] An estimated 118,000 shoppers visit the centre weekly. [10] Despite the sale, Ellandi will continue to manage the shopping centre, whilst working alongside Sefton Council to deliver their regeneration strategy. [8]

Sefton Council Local government body in England

Sefton Council is the governing body for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, north-western England. The council was under no overall control from the 1980s until 2012 when the Labour Party took control. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.


Stores in the shopping centre include TJ Hughes, New Look, Iceland, B&M, Argos and JD Sports. [12] TJ Hughes is the centre's largest tenant since returning to bigger premises in October 2015, having previously closed in 2011. [13]

New Look is a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops. It was founded in 1969 and has been owned since May 2015 by investment company Brait SA, controlled by Christo Wiese. The chain sells womenswear, menswear, and clothing for teens.

Iceland Foods Ltd is a British supermarket chain headquartered in Wales, with emphasis on the sale of frozen foods, including prepared meals and vegetables. They also sell non-frozen grocery items such as produce, meat, dairy, and dry goods. The company has an approximate 2.2% share of the UK food market.

B & M variety retailers in the United Kingdom

B&M European Retail Value S.A. was formed in 1978 and is now one of the leading variety retailers in the United Kingdom, employing over 28,000 staff. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

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Bootle Bus Station, with the Strand Shopping Centre car park behind

It is served by the Bootle New Strand railway station running on the Northern Line, with trains running to Southport and Liverpool city centre. Bus links to the Strand became much improved following the extension which took place during 1999, which included a new bus terminal amongst other extensions to the main building.


The shopping centre has won a Home Office award for its efforts in tackling crime, with just a handful of other towns and cities in the North West of England gaining the honour. Following a fall in crime rates to become one of the lowest in the region, it was granted a Safer Business Award. [14]

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