Reading

Gb United Kingdom

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  • Reading
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  • 0 - 19 : 24.3 %
    20 - 29 : 20.7 %
    30 - 44 : 24.7 %
    45 - 59 : 15.9 %
    > 60 : 14.4 %
  • Reading Web Site
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  • Reading is an important commercial centre, with strong links to information technology and insurance. It is also a university town, with two universities and a large student population. It is located some 66 km (41 miles) due west of central London. Reading is a major shopping centre. The principal shopping area is around Broad Street, which was pedestrianised in 1995. Broad Street is anchored at its east and west ends respectively by The Oracle and Broad Street Mall enclosed shopping centres. There are three major department stores in Reading: John Lewis Reading (formerly known as Heelas), Debenhams and House of Fraser. Reading possesses 3 smaller shopping arcades, the Bristol & West Arcade, Harris Arcade and The Walk, which contain smaller specialist stores. The Oracle has put Reading on the national map as one of the top ten retail destinations in the UK since it regularly attracts over 250,000 people passing through on a Saturday alone.
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