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History

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments’ launch of Brent Cross on 2nd March 1976, which had been 19 years in the making, revolutionised the face of London retail, which had previously been dominated by the West End. The first American style shopping mall in the UK, Brent Cross quickly became the blueprint for shopping centres across Europe.

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An iconic part of the local community for 40 years, Brent Cross holds a special place in the hearts of London shoppers.
 

All three of the centre’s department stores, Fenwick, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer have remained in the centre since it opened in 1976, alongside a number of other original brands, including Boots, W H Smith, Mothercare, Miss Selfridge and Russell & Bromley, all of which also still continue to trade very successfully 40 years on.
 

Testament to the long-term strength of Brent Cross and its ability to adapt to changing retail environments and consumer demands, the centre remains a key location for retailers and has secured an impressive number of exclusive store openings, including worldwide, European and UK firsts. The most recent being international make-up brand, Urban Decay’s second London store and Apple’s new format store, a UK first.
 

As part of Brent Cross' 40th anniversary, we've been sharing our favourite memories and inviting you to join us by using #BX40. Be sure to check the Brent Cross website to see what fantastic memories you've been sharing from the past 40 years: https://www.brentcross.co.uk/bx40