The Avenue Shopping Centre ihttps://www.bournemouth.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=cleverness-to-do-lists situated half way along the main Commercial Road high street in Bournemouth town centre concealing a rabbit-warren of retailers behind a rather unassuming façade.
Global department stores
The town’s branch of Marks and Spencer occupies over half of the ground-floor footprint and although it’s not superstore-sized, it has womens’ and menswear, childrenswear and lingerie departments, shoes, bags and a decent-sized food hall too. You can access the shop via the high street or by walking straight through The Avenue to a small doorway at the end just off Avenue Road.
Right above M&S and accessed via an escalator, a lift or a small flight of stairs is a large branch of sports retailer Sports Direct. Here you’ll find kit for your sport or hobby plus a range of equipment too in adult, children and baby’s sizes. It was an extensive range of trainers and football boots, plus gym kit, swimwear, skiwear and more.
The Perfume Shop occupies the entrance to The Avenue and this decent-sized outlet of this national name stocks a variety of men’s and women’s fragrances (130 brands!) at a variety of price points to suit all budgets and occasions. They sell luxury perfume brands Chanel, Dior, Viktor & Rolf and Hermes plus leading names including Hugo Boss, Paco Rabane, Gucci and Marc Jacobs.
Whether you have a big night out planned or you fancy a bit of a pamper, Beauty Park provides a range of beauty treatments including eyebrows, lashes, threading, henna, beauty treatments and waxing.
Music and literature
HMV is a long-term resident in this convenient arcade although its stock has evolved as trends in music and film formats, gaming and memorabilia have come and gone. The shelves are stacked with DVDs and CDs, plus a healthy stock of LPs. Browse posters, T shirts and video games and become immersed in this audio-visual haven.
Budget-friendly book and craft store The Works has a unit in The Avenue, opening out to a shop front along Commercial Road. Pop in for great prices on books, stationery, games, art and craft supplies, trinkets, toys and lots of original gift ideas.
Global electronics retailer Samsung has a prime unit in The Avenue Shopping Centres. The Samsung Experience Store sells Samsung’s range of mobiles, tablets, laptops and wearables. It also offers a range of software repairs for Samsung phones and tablets and takes in Samsung phones requiring hardware repair to send away. The experts in store offer a range of free group and 1-2-1 tutorials on Samsung devices too.
If you want to spruce up your mobile phone or tablet, The Avenue Shopping Centre has something for you too! iAccessories offers in-store repairs for mobile phones and sells reconditioned phones and cases too.
Occupying a large unit next to HMV, Main Frame Studios (AS Photo services) can take your passport and ID photographs, offers professional shoots for couples, special occasions and more and can create canvas and poster prints and photo gifts too. If you’re throwing an event and need a photographer, you want a portrait session or you need some new corporate headshots this business offers the works.
Learning through play
Just downstairs from Main Frame Studios is Kinder Active, a kid’s play business offering parent and child classes, holiday activity camps and a pre-school for children from 2 to 12 years. There are a variety of membership packages each putting emphasis on learning through activity. Kinder Active also offers birthday parties, homework clubs and parent and baby classes.
If you’ve been scouring the high street for the most perfect piece of jewellery to no avail, Jewelworx specialises in fine quality handcrafted jewellery. The goldsmith will help you design your perfect and unique piece of contemporary or classic style jewellery from scratch using precious metals, diamonds and gemstones
The Avenue Shopping Centre is open from 9am to 6pm and opens out to Commercial Road to the east and Avenue Road and Bournemouth Central Gardens facing west.