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The Bridges is a shopping centre based in the city centre of Sunderlandmarker, Englandmarker.

It is the largest shopping centre in Sunderland and contains over 100 stores , which include; Boots, Burton, HMV, Debenhams, H&M, Starbucks, USC, Next, TK Maxx, Waterstones, New Look, Tescomarker, Topshop, River Island, Monsoon, Ernest Jones, Beaverbrooks, Moben, and many more. The centre receives over 26 million shopping visits every year.

The Bridges has three cafeteria seating areas: a large Greggs food court and a smaller area operated by Esquires Coffee House, both of which are located in the Market Square Mall. There is also an O'Briens food court in the Walworth Way (North) Mall, near the High Street West entrance to the centre.

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

The Bridges provides over 2,000 jobs to the people of Sunderlandmarker.

History

The Bridges was opened in 1988 by The Princess Royal (Anne) as shown on a plaque opposite Thorntons and is currently owned by Land Securities Group after they purchased the site in 1990.

In the year 2000 the centre was almost doubled in size, with its selection of shops greatly increased. The Bus station which was also in the Bridges was moved to the Park Lane Interchangemarker.

Land Securities are reported to be in talks with Sunderland City Council about the acquisition of the Crowtree Leisure Centremarker site once it closes, which is rumoured to be by the end of 2009, with the land being used to expand The Bridges or Marks and Spencer. Recent reports suggest that this deal looks unlikely for the foreseeable future after the Council decided to keep the Crowtree Centre open.

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