Afflecks is a revitalised city centre building with five storeys of around 50 stalls and market-type shops, which provides shoppers with a novel buying experience.
Very like an Aladdin’s Cave, Afflecks has become a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental fashion – a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays. Affleck’s Palace was opened in 1982, the brainchild of James Walsh, a Manchester-born hairdresser with a keen interest in the fashion industry.
Based on the street fashion of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he planned to provide affordable retail outlets for emerging designers to sell their wares directly to the public.
Prices are generally much lower than you’d expect to pay in more upmarket stores, but with little by way of fancy decor or expensive overheads, these predominantly young entrepreneurs usually offer great value for money.
Of themselves, they say:
“The objective is now and always has been to encourage an exciting interesting place, which in our modest way would be something more than just a shopping centre based entirely on commercial interests”.
Shop at Afflecks for:
“laid back” gear
rare and old records
anything to do with the occult
books & magazines
“A shopping experience unique to Manchester”.
Refreshments available on site. Unsuitable for wheelchairs. Busy at weekends – verv, very busy!