Inside ghost shopping centre with eerie shops totally abandoned 25 years after opening

Inside ghost shopping centre with eerie shops totally abandoned 25 years after opening

December 26, 2021

THIS is the shopping centre with more than 40 eerie stores sitting totally abandoned 25 years after opening.

Five Sisters Freeport Shopping Village in West Lothian, Scotland, opened in 1996 as a premier outlet for designer clothes.

In its first year, more than 1 million customers visited the 50,000 square foot shopping centre offering brands like Calvin Klein, DKNY, Versace and Levis.

The site boasted two cafes and two restaurants as well as a Leisureland facility with go karts and an entertainment centre, Edinburgh Live reported.

Upgrades set at a whopping £18 million were planned to extend the area and add features like a golf course and snow centre which was pegged to include ski slopes, tobaggan runs and snowboarding.

But the idea never came to life as consumers took their business to Livingston Designer Outlet built in 2000.

It signalled a downward spiral for the complex and tenants moved their shop leases to the Livingston outlet.

Five Sisters Freeport Shopping village was completely abandoned in 2004 and has only been used for filming by the BBC for filming on a zombie children’s show in 2015.

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The West Lothian Council rejected hopes to build housing in the area but hope it is redeveloped.

West Lothian Council have rejected plans to create housing in the area but say in their Local Plan that they are keen to see it redeveloped.

A spokesperson said: “The redevelopment, or reuse, of Westwood (Freeport), near West Calder, previously operating as a factory outlet centre, is supported by the council.

“Leisure and tourist uses, specialised employment, starter units (Class 4), or institutional uses appropriate to a rural location will be supported.

"Some element of new or extended building outwith the development envelope on site and/or housing (very low density and a maximum of 30 houses meriting a rural location, all confined to the development envelope) will be considered, where this is shown to be necessary in terms of the financial viability of an appropriate scheme.”

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