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Frenchgate Shopping Centre

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Frenchgate Shopping Centre
LocationFrenchgate Shopping Centre, St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN1 1SW
Coordinates53°31′24″N 1°08′14″W / 53.5233°N 1.1373°W / 53.5233; -1.1373
Opening date4 October 1968; 52 years ago (1968-10-04)
DeveloperArndale Group
No. of stores and services120
Total retail floor area880,000 sq ft (82,000 m2)
South Mall entrance
South Mall entrance

The Frenchgate Shopping Centre (formerly Arndale Centre & Whitehouse Centre) is a large shopping centre located in the town centre of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. It is named after the street of the same name that formed one of the old gates of medieval Doncaster.

The centre has been the heart of the town for over 40 years and was originally called the Arndale Centre because it was built, owned and managed by the Arndale Group. It was renamed in 1988 after a change of ownership, with the new name reflecting the name of the street which passes to the east of the centre and which is one of Doncaster's main shopping streets.

The sale of the centre came just a year after the Frenchgate had undergone a £200 (GBP) million facelift to transform it into the country's first shopping centre with integrated public transport and retail interchange.

Before the change of name from Arndale to Frenchgate Centre, the centre was home to a controversial statue entitled 'The Lovers', which depicted a naked couple in a passionate embrace and which was the subject of many complaints from mothers who claimed that it was not appropriate for young children to see.[citation needed]

In 2004 the Northern Bus Station and Gresley House, which were located on the northern side of Trafford Way, the road that passed round the northern side of the Frenchgate Centre, and where the rear entrance and service areas were located, were demolished to make way for a new Transport interchange and extension to the Frenchgate Centre. As part of this project the centre also received a major multimillion-pound refurbishment, incorporating the centre into the new transport interchange. During the building of the extension, which involved building a tunnel over Trafford Way, part of the tunnel collapsed, severely injuring one of the building workers from the site.[1]

The extension and transport interchange opened to the public on 8 June 2006.[2]

See also

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  1. ^ "Worker injured in tunnel collapse". BBC News Online. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Huge redevelopment open to public". BBC News Online. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2006.

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