Ocean Terminal

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Logo.jpg Edinburgh: Ocean Terminal

Edinburgh’s largest American-style mall occupies former industrial dockyards where shipyards churned out merchant vessels to ply the Atlantic and beyond. Its nautical heritage inspires the porthole windows and lights, and sleek shape of the thoroughly modern building. Debenhams and Bhs department stores anchor eighty-five shops on three floors between them, the crowning level occupied by Vue cinema showing the latest blockbuster hits. Most slots are let to American and British chain stores catering to teens and twenties, like Dorothy Perkins and H&M, HMV, and a large Boots chemist. More than 250,000 tourists annually flock to the royal yacht Britannia berthed next door, a floating palace beloved by the Queen.

Empty spaces and “Coming Soon” posters display the bite of the prolonged recession on the consumerist temple, and the rose is definitely off the bloom. Sales signs bombard customers with deeper discounts, and a selection of fly-by-night shops changes every month. Under the glossy veneer, desperation leaves rough edges untouched by prosperity. Worn tiled floors are in need of repair, and silence echoes down outlying corridors and half-empty parking lot. Graffiti and discarded chip bags mar the nine acre Waterfront Plaza facing the harbour, a vacant strip left undeveloped since the mall’s opening.


Zone: Leith
Grid: G3
Concept: Shopping mall
Resources: 3
Security: 3

Manager: City
Owner: City
Affiliations: None

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