Gloucester is a city, district and county town of Gloucestershire in the South West region of England. Gloucester lies close to the Welsh border, and on the River Severn, approximately 32 miles (51 km) north-east of Bristol, and 45 miles (72 km) south-southwest of Birmingham.
The city centre contains many shops within its central pedestrianised area, and two dedicated shopping centres.
The Kings Walk Shopping Centre includes retailers such as HMV, WH Smith, River Island and Game. The Mall, located primarily alongside Eastgate street, boasts several small independent shops as well as larger chains such as H&M. Attached to The Mall is the still functioning indoor market, opened in the late 1960s. A portion of the old market is still visible. Outside of the shopping centres are many other outlets including a large Debenhams, Waterstones, BHS and Argos. Three major coffee shops ( Costa, Starbucks and Nero ) and several restaurants and cafes are also present. Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, within easy walking distance of the city centre, opened in May 2009 selling brand name goods at reduced prices. This was built adjacent to the Peel centre complex which includes a Toys 'r' us and a Hobbycraft outlet.
Gloucester also has several out of town superstores located around its inner ring-road. These are typically either DIY suppliers such as B&Q, or electrical retailers such as Currys. There are also a large number of home furnishing outlets.