Once the epicentre of Cottonopolis, The Royal Exchange Manchester has changed a lot in the past 50 years.

Today it’s a thriving shopping centre home to a range of luxury brands like Swarovski, Watches of Switzerland, Lanigan & Hulme and L’Occitane plus a number of eateries to suit all tastes.

Earlier this year, funky footwear and accessories store Irregular Choice moved in and vegan-friendly beauty store Lush underwent a complete refit before re-opening as their first plastic packaging-free store in the UK.

Now there are two new stores on the way to get excited about as the Christmas shopping season approaches, each with its own unique offering.

Søstrene Grene

A new Scandi lifestyle store is coming to town. Danish homeware and lifestyle brand Søstrene Grene (it means The Grene Sisters) is moving into the old Nationwide Building Society premises on Cross Street.

The store will offer plenty of gift inspiration as well as colourful and great value additions to cosy up every home. You’ll find everything you could possibly think of and more from home and interior to kitchen, crafts and design, school, office and seasonal decorations.

It opens at 9.30am on Friday, October 11th and they’ll be giving away a whopping 144 chairs for free to the first 144 customers through their doors.

Amaranth

Award-winning natural health and wellbeing store Amaranth will be opening in the Royal Exchange Arcade later this year.

When it comes to natural ingredients, environmental impact and ethics, Amaranth upholds strict standards. From its supplements and remedies to the natural skin and haircare products on offer, anything synthetic is out.

It already has an established retail outlet in the centre of Bramhall village with over 3,000 natural and organic products. A number of therapists also offer services there from their own clinic treatment rooms.

The Remedy Kitchen

And don’t forget Manchester’s first free-from cafe 3Squared Cafe has rebranded as The Remedy Kitchen. Its original name was a play on the term ‘three square meals’, but founders Katie McIntosh and Andy McGlynn felt that the name didn’t fully express their ethos of clean eating and increasing health through intelligent food choices.

They have revamped the menu with some new dishes and are open throughout the day serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and desserts. Expect a variety of lower carbohydrate, high protein, and blood sugar-balancing options plus all the usual gluten, dairy, wheat, and refined sugar-free treats.

Fancy winning £100 to spend at The Royal Exchange Manchester? Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition. Winners will be picked Thursday 10th at midday.

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