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“Dreadful”
Review of Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange
Ranked #75 of 191 things to do in Manchester
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Previously home to The Triangle Shopping Centre, this stunning city centre building has undergone a £30 million development and re opened as a new home in Manchester for Food and Drink. The new Corn Exchange showcases all the original Edwardian beauty of the building with a modern twist, and is home to a mouthwatering mix of 13 restaurants that offer a fusion of flavours from around the globe. With outside seating in summer and a stunning Atrium for the cooler months it is popular with visitors of all ages.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

Not worth going, 97% of the shops have gone, it's like a ghost town in there.
The Corn Exchange should never have been changed into the Triangle, it killed it.
Renaming it back has come too late.
Such a shame.

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emma j, Marketing Manager at Corn Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Hi GAVJB10M,

We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your last visit, things have changed a lot since, we have now undergone a full renovation and now offer a selection of 13 amazing restaurants, that are serving food from all around the world. We would love to have you visit again to sample the new Corn Exchange and let us know what you think.

We hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 4 October 2013

After the 1996 bombing, Manchester's much-loved Corn Exchange morphed into the Triangle, supposedly a high class shopping mall.

Lack of commercial success has now led to the re-branding of the centre, with the old Corn Exchange name making a comeback. Maybe it was hoped that this would strike a chord with locals and entice them back in.

But once they're in, they need a reason to stay, never mind to return. And right now, that's what the centre needs to work on.

On a sunny day, it's a wonderfully bright space to wander round, and used to be really nice upstairs with the quirky "pod" that houses the cafe and a few big sofas where you could sit and chill out. I went looking for a sofa, as my feet were killing me from walking round the city all day. Alas, on the upper level I discovered that only one of these couches remains and it now looks very scruffy and ripped. Not exactly in keeping with the "high end" aspirations! To add insult to injury, I spotted a couple of more respectable-looking sofas languishing behind locked doors inside an empty shop unit. So much for my comfy seat.

And speaking of empty units, there are far too many of these. It was a bit sad to see the place looking so deserted. The upstairs section of the Jigsaw shop is now closed and they trade only from the ground floor: which is a great pity, because the staircase of that unit features some gorgeous tiling work. However, the stairs are now blocked off to customers so you can only peek at the tiles from the shop floor.

There was one interesting new shop open on the ground floor, selling posh-looking furniture and homewares, and the Caffe Nero upstairs was also doing some modest trade, so at least people are still finding their way to the centre: but not enough yet to recapture the vibe of the original Corn Exchange.

I'd love to give the place a higher rating, but can't realistically do so due to its current semi-deserted state. I'm sure the management are working on ways to bring in new tenants and increase footfall and I really hope they can turn the place around, because it's such an iconic part of Manchester's culture.

Thank SonicScorpion
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emma j, Marketing Manager at Corn Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Hi SonicScorpion,

A lot has changed since your last visit, we have undergone a full renovation and now offer a great selection of 13 restaurants, with more on the way. We are serving food from all around the world, you'll be spoiled for choice. Have you been back since? We would love to have you come back and let us know what you think of the new Corn Exchange.

We hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Its reverted to being called the Corn Exchange again. The Triangle did not take off, I fear despite the throngs of people outside, many browsing the continental market stalls, no one bothers to venture inside this mall. Of course hardly any shops inside is open, its deserted. I am not sure what the owner's can do to attract business.

The toilets which had one time were upscale with branded toiletries is need of a spruce up. Also did I really read a sign in the toilet mentioning cctv recordings for our safety, well less said the better!

Still the overpriced American sweetshop seemed nice, just how many overpriced American sweetshops can be sustained in Manchester city centre is anyone's guess.

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emma j, Marketing Manager at Corn Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Hi PrestonTraveller,

Thank you for the feedback, things have changed just a little bit around here since then. We have undergone a full renovation and are now offering a selection of 13 amazing restaurants, with more on the way. We serve food from around the world, so you'll have an ample selection to choose from.

We hope you will return soon and let us know what you think of the new Corn Exchange.

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Reviewed 1 June 2012

A true ghost of a shopping centre. When it was first opened it was seen as a classy and stylish new shopping centre, with tons of shops, cart-shops, market stalls etc, but due to lack of custom in said shops, due to many of them being a bit obscure or pricy, the place is now almost completely empty with just a small handful of shops still open.

It's rare to ever see anyone inside there unless they've wandered in by accident just to see what's inside, but flashing lights outside a venue will do that.

Most of the shops have gone, and each time you go back, there's usually another one gone.

The last time I went, the "fish eating the dead skin on your feet" spa place had shut down. That surely is the final nail in the coffin!

The only way I can see The Triangle regaining its popularity again is by opening more mainstream and popular shops and eateries etc.

As for now... well I personally only go there when I need a sit-down becauseI know there's a comfy, but ugly purple couch near the entrance. There's nothing else in there worth your time. Even the music playing sounds distant and melancholy!

Thank Adcro
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emma j, Marketing Manager at Corn Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Hi TR_Wolf,

Things are a little different now here at the Corn Exchange, we have undergone a full renovation and are now offering a great selection of 13 restaurants, with more on the way. You can still come in for a sit-down but you can enjoy some amazing food whilst you do it.

We hope you will return soon and let us know what you think of the new Corn Exchange.

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Reviewed 10 May 2012

The Triangle is supposedly a funky add on to the city centre with chain shops going for the slightly more affluent clientèle although I have noticed over the years that a few of the shops have come and gone and it is not as busy as the owners would like it to be. Maybe the Selfridge's opposite is more enticing or even the big BBC screen outside.

Of course to older people this was the Corn Exchange before it got blown up in the mid 90s when it was a genuine independent and quirky and strangely not very busy even then. Still the replacement is more glitzy but has nothing unique about it.

Thank PrestonGuild
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emma j, Marketing Manager at Corn Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Hi PrestonTraveller,

Things are a lot different now here at the Corn Exchange and we believe that we have something unique about us. We have undergone a full renovation and we now offer a selection of 13 restaurants, with more on the way. We hope you will come back soon and let us know what you think of the new Corn Exchange.

We hope to see you soon.

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