Fulwood Central is a community retail and leisure hub in the Fulwood area of Preston in Lancashire. It offers a unique atmosphere where visitors can shop, dine, and relax. Since opening in 2019, it has quickly become a vital asset for the local community, offering a diverse assortment of shops, eateries, and leisure facilities.
Exploring Fulwood Central – Shops and Businesses
Shops and businesses here at the time of writing (July 2023) include:
- Burger King
- Indigo Sun
- Swim Central
ExtraCare is a charity shop that raises funds for housing older people. Indigo Sun is a tanning salon.
Aldi, a leading global discount supermarket chain, offers an impressive array of products at competitive prices. Its offerings span fresh produce, bakery items, and household essentials. Special buys range from gardening tools to household appliances.
B&M is another big-name retail store here. Known for its extensive selection of goods, from groceries to home decor, toys, and more, B&M is a one-stop shop for households in Fulwood. The store is famed for its discounted prices and seasonal deals, making it a favourite among bargain hunters.
One of the most recent and notable additions to Fulwood Central is Swim Central, a state-of-the-art swimming centre that opened in February 2023.
Swim Central offers various programs tailored for different age groups and skill levels. There are parent and baby classes for infants and toddlers to introduce the little ones to water and help them develop essential water safety skills. For older children and adults, there are swimming lessons designed to help them learn and improve their swimming techniques.
In addition to swimming lessons, Swim Central also provides aqua-based and studio fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels. These classes are a fun and effective way to stay fit and healthy.
The 4k video tour below, shot in 2020, showcases the shops and leisure facilities at the park.
Future Plans and Developments
Fulwood Central is a retail park that’s always looking towards the future. In 2021, ambitious expansion plans were announced. These plans include a new gym, a family entertainment centre, and additional retail spaces, all set to replace the offices adjacent to the park.
This expansion will add more variety to the park’s existing offerings and transform the area into a more vibrant and bustling space. The development plans also see the creation of three new retail warehouses and eight new food and beverage units, further enriching the range of shopping and dining options available.
In addition to new businesses, provisions have been made to improve traffic access. Furthermore, additional car parking spaces will be provided to accommodate the increase in visitors. This expansion project is scheduled for completion in 2023.
Location and Getting There
Fulwood Central is at a prime location at the junction of Oliver’s Place and Eastway in Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire. Its proximity to Junction 1 of the M55 Motorway makes it easily accessible to both residents and visitors from further afield. The postcode for the retail park is PR2 9BQ.
The centre features a large car park, with parking free for customers. However, visitors are advised to check the signs for any time restrictions and regulations to avoid potential parking fines.
For those opting for public transport, the 23 bus service from Preston Bus Station stops nearby.
There is no train station nearby. The nearest is Preston Railway Station, over 3 miles away.
Other Retail Parks in Preston
While the park has become a go-to destination for shopping and leisure activities, there are other retail parks in Preston.
Among these is the Capitol Centre, a major shopping and leisure complex located on the outskirts of Preston. With big-name stores like Boots and Next, as well as a Vue Cinema and a range of restaurants, the Capitol Centre offers a complete shopping and entertainment experience.
Deepdale Retail Park combines high-street fashion, homeware, and electronic stores. With ample free parking and dining options, Deepdale Retail Park is another favourite destination for shoppers and diners.