Bon Accord & St Nicholas

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Bon Accord & St Nicholas
Shopping Centres
StNicholas BonAccord Logo.png
LocationAberdeen, Scotland
Opening date1985 (St Nicholas)
1990 (Bon Accord)
DeveloperScottish Retail Property Limited Partnership
OwnerLand Securities,
British Land
No. of stores and services86
No. of anchor tenants3 (John Lewis, M&S, Next)
Total retail floor area630,000 ft² (56,700 m²)
No. of floors3
Parking6 floors + separate John Lewis car park
WebsiteBon Accord & St Nicholas
Inside the Bon Accord centre in 2009
Entrance to St Nicholas shopping centre
Bon Accord & St Nicholas flags

The Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centres are together the second-largest shopping centre complex in Aberdeen, Scotland and serve a large catchment area including the city and surrounding Aberdeenshire. The shopping centres were originally two separate entities, St. Nicholas Shopping Centre and Bon Accord Shopping Centre, and since opening (in 1985 and 1990 respectively) they have formed one of the most dense retailing areas in Aberdeen.

The centre is split into two buildings which effectively join the shopping streets of George Street and Union Street. It has altogether three floors extending to 630,000 sq ft (59,000 m2). Parking is attached with around 1700 spaces. The Bon Accord centre was built in a serpentine shape to maximize shop unit frontage and is covered by a barrel vaulted glazed roof with a 90 ft (27 m) high glazed dome. The St. Nicholas has a more dated, straight-through design with a mostly concrete urban open space on its roof, along with little-used first-floor entrances to some of the businesses.

Many significant brands have been residents of the centres, such as C&A, Primark, and Woolworths with competition particularly increased with the opening of the nearby Union Square Shopping Centre in October 2009. St Nicholas & Bon Accord added several stores in 2009,2010 & 2011, including many brands not previously present in Aberdeen, and has projected expansion of its site.

Improvement plans[edit]

There are plans to make large improvements in forthcoming years as part of the Aberdeen Masterplan. The plan in the long term for the St Nicholas & Bon Accord Centres is to transform the first floor of St Nicholas into covered retail space, and a second floor with a food terrace. Meanwhile the Bon Accord Centre will be extended across Loch Street to join onto the existing John Lewis department store (in the former Northern Co-operative Society "ziggurat" building, already linked by a covered footbridge). The revised centre will offer double-height retail units which are favoured by some retailers. There has also been a suggestion of expansion into premises formerly part of the University of Aberdeen Students' Union building.

On 6 August 2009, Next opened its largest Scottish store (54,000 sq ft (5,000 m2)). This includes 300 new car parking spaces (accessed from the current Loch street car park), and a new shop frontage onto the Gallowgate. The store is three times the size of the old stores in the St. Nicholas part of the centre. On 22 August Topshop/Topman opened a new 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) store, and River Island also opened an 11,000 sq ft (1,000 m2) store within the old Woolworths and Disney Store units.

In March 2009 a major facelift of the St. Nicholas Centre was completed which consisted of new flooring, lighting, and fixtures and fittings to freshen up the dated interior. It also included new doors and light-box signage at both entrances to the centre. The Bon Accord Centre later revealed plans for a £6 million upgrade to include giving the 20-year-old centre new entrances on both Schoolhill and George Street as well as a new interior and furniture using a white theme and cleaner lines throughout.[1] Which has now been completed.

In December 2010, it was announced by bosses at the centre that the food court in the Bon Accord centre was to close after 21 Years due to competition from other shopping centres within Aberdeen. The area has been re-configured into four larger catering units/restaurants each with internal and external seating out in the mall. The area is now known as "Food Terrace".

In October 2011 a major facelift of the Bon Accord Centre was completed.


Stores include: Boots, Costa Coffee, Disney Store, John Lewis, New Look, Next, GAME, Superdrug, Marks & Spencer, W H Smith, H&M, Sainsbury's Local

Former logos[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-19.

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Coordinates: 57°8′55″N 2°5′59″W / 57.14861°N 2.09972°W / 57.14861; -2.09972