Built on an old gasworks site, the Flagship Centre was constructed in the early 1990s spanning 250,000 sq. ft and comprising of space for 30 tenants. Some stores at the mall were Argos, Iceland, Co-Op, PoundWorld, Peacocks and a food court with a KFC, Burger King and a Subway. Although it had a successful opening decade, visitor numbers declined since and many shops left in the next 20 years. 2012 left the future of the mall in doubts with a large group of retailers leaving all at once. By 2016, only eight of the maximum 30 tenants were occupied, GameStop, Peacocks and Ethel Austin amongst those to leave. In a desperate attempt to save the failing site, it was sold multiple times to different investors but it proved too little too late, locking up to the public in February 2019.
I had been speaking to a local regarding this place for over a year after desiring an abandoned shopping centre and this one cropped up on a news article. Eventually, he managed to get in in early 2021 whilst the shopping centre began to simultaneously blow up on the Irish equivalent of Facebook in the Urbex scene, TikTok. Nevertheless, we still managed to find it accessible on our recent trip and it was a very different, unique and interesting visit, despite being slightly trashed. Visited with @jtza , @huyt.urb and @DustySensorPhotography .
One of two atriums.
Inside some ground floor shops.
The main entrance.
The mall's food court. The Burger King was one of the only restaurants with it's branding remaining.
Above the main skylight hall.
A small convenience shop on the second floor.
Finally, the largest shop on site, boasting 25,000 sq. ft - a Co-Operative supermarket.
Here is the link to our documentary styled video filmed at the Flagship Centre. We cover the complex's past, present and future through cinematics and narration: