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Take a Fresh Look at the St Peters Quarter

  • Date: 11/02/2013
  • Category: General

The St Peters Quarter is a one stop shop for everything that you need on the High Street from the latest fashions to banking services; a meal out or to shop for something in the home – all within easy reach by foot, car or bus.

Enjoy the fresh air in our pedestrianised streets where you can meander at your leisure or nip into your favourite shop during your lunch hour.

There is also the added benefit of having all the major banks and building societies close at hand so you can go into the branch or use one of the many cash machines to fund that ‘must have’ purchase!

Niche independent stores – particularly in Babington Lane, Green Lane, Osmaston Road and The Spot attract customers from all over the region and many have been part of the great shopping experience in the city for generations. 

Well known names in this area include Reliance Electrical, After Dark Lighting, Jillian Hart and Hunters furniture store all in Babington Lane. 

Green Lane continues to attract new businesses with recent arrivals, including Eliza Leren designer fashion and Cape & Cowl specialising in everything related to comic book heroes who are nestled alongside such popular stores on the street such as Only Joking, Kezia and Shooz4 Kidz.

The Spot and Osmaston Road is another area full of independent stores with businesses such as Rattle and Drum drawing customers from all over the region and indeed the country into the city centre.

There is a wealth of popular High Street shops, many of which are not available elsewhere in the city, who ensure that St Peter’s Street and East Street are always bustling with customers young and old.

Head to Waterstones for the latest books or the Body Shop for a wide range of cosmetics and toiletries and the Co-op in East Street has something for everyone under one roof in their popular department store and visit Albion Street where children can marvel the magical world of Disney and get kitted out in the latest fashions at nearby Gap Outlet.

Markets have been at the heart of Derby’s retail scene for more than 700 years and the iconic Eagle Market represents everything that is great about the High Street – expert knowledge, friendly customer service and excellent value for money.

This bright and airy undercover market has around 300 different stalls with a wide selection of goods and services on offer.

Many of the stallholders in the Eagle Market are second and third generation family businesses in Derby and they all share a common passion for this unique and relaxed way of life in the market which is full of welcome surprises.

The Eagle Market celebrated its 20th anniversary in its existing home last year year and has a fantastic range of businesses for gift hunters and ‘foodies’ alike with stall holders specialising in everything from jewellery and gifts from around the world to fruit and vegetables and delicatessens.

Everyone deserves a spot of pampering and the St Peters Quarter has a wonderful selection of hair, health and beauty salons – many of which are independently owned and managed.

Salons offer top quality service, using the latest techniques to ensure that that you get the very best treatment to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

There is also a wealth of places to relax and take a well-needed break from shopping, ranging from cosy cafés to fantastic restaurants.

And for those looking for evening entertainment, the St Peters Quarter certainly fits the bill.

Derby Theatre is one of the region’s best known venues – highly regarded by theatre lovers far and wide for its high quality productions as well as shows for all the family to enjoy.

The area has always been a popular destination for restaurant goers from the varied menus on offer such as Mogul, Thai Boran and the Vie Bar in Green Lane, and the Himalayan Gurkha restaurant in Macklin Street.

The St Peters Quarter now boasts Derby’s £100 million premiere leisure destination – Riverlights where you can play the tables at the Genting Casino, sample international cuisine at the new Jimmy’s World Grill or to sit back in luxury and gaze at Derby’s skyline from restaurants at the Holiday Inn and Hampton by Hilton hotels.

Finding your way to the St Peters Quarter has never been easier.

A major gateway to the St Peters Quarter is just opposite the stunning new bus station – taking you into the bustling Eagle Market or along East Street.

Taxi ranks are conveniently situated in The Morledge and The Spot, among other places, to take you to your destination and there are also regular shuttle buses to the nearby railway station.

There is also a wide range of parking throughout the area for maximum convenience including on-street meters, surface car parks and several nearby multi-storey car parks.

And look out for the new directional signs to help pedestrians find their way around the area which are part of Derby City Council’s pioneering Wayfinding strategy and are in the St Peters Quarter easily identifiable colours.

St Peters Quarter which is undergoing a renaissance thanks to the efforts of local businesses. The area is the city’s second Business Improvement District (BID) and local businesses are now working together to make this area more attractive which they hope will encourage even more people to come and stay in the area.

The St Peters Quarter primary aim is to develop the area as a destination by providing an alternative and complementary shopping, leisure and commercial area to Westfield and the Cathedral Quarter. 

The businesses have come together to develop a wide range of initiatives including street entertainment, physical improvements to the area and promotional tools to attract more visitors to the area.

This includes the new website www.stpetersquarter.co.uk which has information and opening times from the varied businesses in the area as well as information on special events and promotions.

Members of the general public can register on the website free of charge and be the first to know of new developments and special offers provided by the businesses.

And once here, make sure you pick up a copy of the new mini guide which is freely available at businesses in the area and from the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place.  This includes a map of the St Peters Quarter as well as listings of all the businesses and general information about what they specialise in so that you can easily plan your visit to the area.

The St Peters Quarter Rangers who are easily identifiable in their yellow hats are on hand in the area to guide visitors to where they want to go and highlight the hidden gems in the local streets.

There has therefore never been a better time to come back to the St Peters Quarter and take a fresh look at what it has to offer.


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