The Gemini Retail Park lies around 2 miles north of Warrington town centre. It is perhaps best known for being the site of the first IKEA store in the UK. Other stores here include Marks and Spencer, Boots, Next, Toys R Us, Porcelanosa, and Arnold Clark (Renault).
IKEA is the most popular store here, attracting customers from all over North West England. The car park seems to be full no matter what time of day or night it is. The large blue warehouse offers everything needed to furnish a home. Their product range includes sofas, dining tables and chairs, beds and mattresses, wardrobes, kitchens, office furniture, storage boxes, shelves, lighting, mirrors, rugs, bedding, textiles, and more. Everything for sale here is stylish, modern, and reasonably priced.
Most people visiting IKEA will leave with more than they intended to buy. A designated route takes customers past virtually every product on sale. The store has no windows so it’s easy to lose track of time here. It takes some discipline not to be tempted by their clever merchandising.
IKEA also has a decent restaurant. Popular choices on the menu include Swedish meatball, lamb shank, and the English breakfast. Prices are reasonable but signing up for IKEA membership brings cheaper deals and benefits such as free tea and coffee.
Just next to the restaurant there’s a Swedish food market selling cheese, salmon, pickles, and preserves. Cheap hotdogs and milkshakes are also tempting.
IKEA Warrington is open every day of the week. Opening times Monday to Friday are 10 am to 10 pm. Hours on Saturday are 11 am to 5 pm. Times on Sunday are 11 am to 5 pm (10.30 am browsing). IKEA other store in North West England is at Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester.
Marks and Spencer also have a large store at the Gemini Retail Park. It was revamped in 2010 and now boasts a floor area of 121,000 square feet. The ground floor sells menswear, womenswear, children’s clothes, and beauty products. It is also home to the store’s excellent food hall. The first floor is smaller and offers furniture and household items. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday 8 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
The Next store at Gemini Retail Park is well worth a visit. It has two sections; one sells furniture and garden products, and the other clothes for men, women, and children. There’s a Costa coffee outlet within the furniture section. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Other Next stores in Warrington can be found at Golden Square and the Riverside Retail Park (clearance store).
Other businesses at Gemini Retail Park include a 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant and a petrol station.
Gemini Retail Park runs along Europa Boulevard. All stores, with the exception of Boots and Next, have their own car parks. Visitors arriving by car should exit the M62 at Junction 8 or 9. Satellite navigation owners can use the postcode WA5 7TY for IKEA, Boots, Next, and Arnold Clark. Those travelling to Toys R Us should use the postcode WA5 7TT.
Bus services to Gemini Retail Park include the Connect 17 service. Buses travel a circular route around Warrington and Birchwood. Stops include Warrington Bus Interchange, Warrington Central Train Station, Warrington Bank Quay Train Station, the Westbrook Centre (for the Odeon Warrington), Gemini Retail Park, and Birchwood Train Station.
Apollo Park is a smaller development just west of the Gemini Retail Park. There’s a Travelodge hotel here plus plenty of places to eat and drink (Subway, Harvester, Frankie and Benny’s etc.).
Gemini Retail Park
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