East Shopping Centre marks first anniversary

The East shopping centre in Green street

The East shopping centre in Green street - Credit: Archant

One year after opening, Europe’s first purpose-built Asian shopping centre has welcomed 1.4million visitors through its doors.

East Shopping Centre, on Green Street, Upton Park, boasts a variety of clothing, jewellery and food outlets.

It has capitalised on Green Street’s status within the Asian shopping market and has provided opportunities for small local businesses alongside larger chain brands.

Bob Popat, a partner at ACR Investments, the force behind East Shopping Centre said: “East Shopping Centre has come a long way since first opening it’s doors last March.

“It’s unique in its concept and the first of its kind and we have made every effort to make it a must for South Asian shopping.


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Built on the site of a former bus garage, the one-acre site comprises 35 two-storey shop and a 17-unit souk designed to mirror a bustling marketplace.

There is also a 220-seater food court.

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Mr Popat added: “In our first year alone, we have already had approximately 1.4 million people walking through our doors.

“We’ve worked hard to position East as a shopping destination, and looking ahead, we have some exciting plans in place to cement that position and to take East to the next level and beyond.”

The shopping centre is marking its anniversary on Saturday, March 19 with an indoor street party featuring live entertainment, face painting and celebrity guests.

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