SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017: Manchester

We are now halfway into SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017, but we’ve only visited five of the UK’s 14 stores! After a brief stop in Nottingham, today was the turn of the Manchester store.

Having been to Manchester a few times before, starting with the first ever LEGO Show (now BRICK LIVE), this was my first dip into familiar territory.

Interesting things about the city.

The city is essentially one big shopping centre, just like the others. However, for some odd reason, it has a character of its own. I prefer the red-brown architecture in Manchester to the miserable greys of London.

The Northern Quarter (aka Manchester’s Shoreditch) is home to a Ziferblat, which is my hangout of choice whenever I’m in town. They’ve increased their price to GBP 0.08/minute, but there’s a four-hour cap on how much you end up paying.

The Manchester LEGO store.

Store Crawl 2017: Manchester exterior.

The LEGO Store is in the Manchester Arndale shopping centre. Usually it’s a small chore to find, but I had the luxury of an Uber driver taking me to the nearest entrance of the building to the store.

I’ve since noticed that the stores I’ve been to so far have the LEGO logo to one side. The London stores I’m used to going to have the sign above the door.

Manchester’s showcase.

Store Crawl 2017: Manchester showcase.

The Manchester showcase is home to Terry Fisher’s brick-built ZX Spectrum, which is currently playing Pong. Northern Brickworks is running things here.

The Pick A Brick (PAB) wall.

Yet again there’s a dedicated Flickr album, which includes the exterior and showcase photos shown above.

Thoughts about the store.

The Manchester store was aware of my Store Crawl, but I’ve since given up on the misguided idea of receiving some kind of fanfare welcome. I’m not any kind of celebrity, so why not embrace anonymity?

I was accompanied by a nonFOL this time, so I had made this visit quick and to the point. I didn’t bother taking off my jacket this time, and I surprised myself with how quickly I was able to take pictures of the wall!

With that said, the staff member who stamped my passport seemed impressed with the number of stamps so far. They didn’t ask any questions, but it made a routine visit that little better.

What’s next?

The fun and games are over, and it’s time to get serious. I didn’t take closing times on a Sunday into consideration when planning my trip, so I’ll only be able to visit the Liverpool store tomorrow. I’m also in need of a laundrette.