"It is a wonderful asset to be able to park your car and do all your shopping under one roof, without worrying about traffic wardens or getting wet," says Mrs Renee Stitcher, a magistrate's wife.
We took her around the centre to see for herself what was going on, and to get her views about the shopping centre.
"It is a wonderful centre - a lot of imagination has gone into the layout, and I am enjoying walking around the shops, and also having the chance of a sit down and something to eat and drink," she said.
Sometimes she uses Golders Green for her shopping, but says parking is a real problem. "The council has not provided any parking. Either you park a long way away and walk, or else go elsewhere.
"I have been going to the West End, because I can get a car park and a choice of goods.
"The chance of doing all my shopping in one go will be just what many housewives want - and they needn't get wet in the process.
"I like the design and layout of the centre, but my husband is going to be furious because it will encourage me to shop more often!
"High on my priority list with this centre is its convenience. You can come by car and park all around it, and get into the shops on two completely different levels.
"The big West End stores have come out to where we live, and it looks as though there will be plenty of choice.
"I like the big islands of carpeting in the Fenwicks store. The aim of this, I am told, is to help identify each department - the whole store ... looks very bright and cheerful.
"In these days of economic depression and general problems, everyone needs a lift - and this store provides it. I think the Fenwicks store is nicer than many similar styles I have seen in America.
Her one big worry was that the centre was big and overpowering. "It might take a long time before people get used to it."
6 Jan 1976
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