The Triangle is a grade II listed building in Exchange Square in the City Centre.Originally used as a corn exchange and previously named the Corn and Produce Exchange.Following the IRA bomb in 1996 it was renovated and is now a modern shopping mall.The present building stands on the site of an earlier structure built in 1837 trading from Hanging Ditch.This was replaced in 1897 by the current building.In the Mid Nineties it became a gathering place for alternative communities and contained a large market with small stallholders selling clothes,jewellery and piercing paraphernalia and second hand record shops.After the bomb in 96 many of these businesses were forced to move to new premises mostly to the Northern Quarter of the city.The Corn Exchange was then renovated and became the Triangle shopping centre.Shops include:O'Neill,Jigsaw a flagship Adidas store as well as Manchester's Galaxy Radio.
What to buy: Clothes,Household items,Jewellery,Hair Dressers,Nail Studio's and a large cafe(Cafe Nero).
What to pay: Depends on what you buy.
Situated in what was originaly the Corn Exchange Building the Triangle Shopping Centre is conveniently situated near the Millennium gardens, in between Victoria train station the Arndale centre and Exchange Square in Manchester’s New Retail Heart opposite Selfridges
The Corn Exchange was so badly damaged in the bombing by the IRA in 1996 that after some extensive rebuilding and modernisation it has been ressurrected as the Triangle managing to preserve the exterior of the old building whilst inside a new state-of-the-art shopping mall has been created with what to me is probably the best looking space age Cafe (Cafe Nero) that looks like some kind of space pod perched in the air.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
The Triangle formerly the Corn Exchange opened it's doors on the 22nd August 2000 bringing revolutionary shopping, eating and drinking to Manchester's thriving city centre.
The triangle is located on Exchange square, in the heart of Manchester's new Millennium quarter, and faces directly towards the worlds largest Marks and Spencers store. The triangle will also be flanked, at opposite corners of the square, by The Printworks leisure scheme and the new Harvey Nichols department store.
Situated in the old Corn Exchange Building which was badly damaged in the 1996 IRA bombing, the Triangle has emerged as fashionable shopping venue, home to the likes of Ted Baker, Henri Lloyd, adidas, Jeffery Rogers.
The area is being developed as the Millenium Quarter with the nearby Urbis museum and the Printworks a very popular venue for shops, restaurants, bars, nightclub.
Location: Exchange Square -- from Piccadilly, go down Market Street and turn right at Marks & Spencer -- Exchange Square is just along there.
The Triangle inhabits the former Corn Exchange building. It used to be one of the main regional trade centres for agricultural produce, where farmers would come to sell all sorts of raw materials and foodstuffs like cheese and vegetables amusingly shaped like various anatomical regions. I'd have used the word "infests" rather than "inhabits" in the first sentence, but I wanted to sound a bit more rational than I actually am. Before the 1996 IRA bombing, which caused considerable damage to the building and particularly its glass-dome roof, the Corn Exchange had been home to a rundown-looking alternative market for some 15 years or so. It was full of all sorts of interesting shops selling all manner of goods, and was infinitely more characterful than the hideously expensive shopping centre that replaced it. While they preserved the exterior of the building, for me they totally ruined the interior, ousting every last ounce of humanity and character which inhabited the building for the benefit of the minority of people who can actually afford to shop there now. While it may be nice a place to window-shop if you like that sort of thing (I would generally rather dig my teeth out with a spoon, especially in a place as soul-crushingly bland and wallet-emptyingly expensive as this), if you want to buy anything you'll need to have a fair few quid in your pockets, which rules out me and most of the population. For reference, here are a few of the shops which inhabit the place:
Rodier, the French fashion label.
Space NK: a load of American beauty products.
Nailed: a "nail bar" that does manicures and has its own range of products.
CK Underwear: You can probably guess.
There are also some restaurants: Pizza Express is notable for being the most affordable one; Zinc Bar & Grill is more expensive.
Did I mention that I'm not a big fan of the place?
What to pay: You'll melt your credit card in here if you've more money than sense.
Set on several levels, The Triangle is a swish, modern, bright and airy mini-mall of designer shops. It's cleverly enclosed within the facades of old, Victorian buildings, so you might never notice it was there ;-)