CEN­TRE IS A REAL GLASS ACT

Evening Times - - GIANT CROSSWORD - BY ANN FOTHER­ING­HAM

IT WAS known for its huge glass roof, a gar­den wall with liv­ing plants, and it was THE place to shop when it opened its doors 30 years ago.

The St Enoch Cen­tre, which her­alded a re­tail rev­o­lu­tion in the city when it first wel­comed shop­pers on May 25,

1989, is still go­ing strong, three decades later.

The Forge, in the East

End, and bou­tique mall Princes Square on Buchanan Street had opened the pre­vi­ous year, but here was the city cen­tre’s first un­der­cover, state of the art shop­ping and leisure mall.

Built on the site of the for­mer St Enoch Rail­way Station, which was de­mol­ished in 1974, it has dom­i­nated the sky­line with its im­pres­sive glass roof – the big­gest of its kind in Europe – ever since.

Tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager Jim O’Rourke started work in St Enoch just be­fore it opened.

“It was ex­cit­ing, be­ing in­volved in the open­ing,” he nods. “This place was like noth­ing else.”

There are 89 staff in the cen­tre, in­clud­ing clean­ers, se­cu­rity per­son­nel, the cus­tomer ser­vice team and man­age­ment, and around 70 re­tail­ers. The cen­tre has played host to fa­mous bands, politi­cians and celebritie­s, in­clud­ing Union J, YouTu­ber Joe Suggs, Rod Stewart and even Spi­der­man, who dropped in to pro­mote his lat­est movie. There are strik­ing pic­tures in the St Enoch ar­chive of him perched on the fa­mous glass roof. The ar­chive also in­cludes pho­tos of crowds flock­ing to see Union J, one of the big boy bands of the time. Mar­garet Thatcher, then Prime Min­is­ter, of­fi­cially opened the cen­tre in March 1990.

Back then, the Even­ing Times re­ported that Mrs Thatcher had

Rod Stewart drew huge crowds

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