The Trafford Centre

Communities & Regeneraton


The Trafford Centre

Developed by Peel, The Trafford Centre has had a continuing programme of investment by intu Properties plc (now owned by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) with the aim to improve and expand the offer across a wider area.

Key Info

Project Theme
Communities & Regeneraton
Health & Wellbeing
Local Enterprise Partnership
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Project Status
Local Authority
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Key Sector
Retail, Leisure & Service


To Date


Capital investment



Capital investment



Capital investment

Our Story

Mike Flannery

Retail Liaison Manager

“After working for quite a number of years in WHSmith stores across the country, I was pleased to be offered the job of managing the intu Trafford Centre branch, as with it came the kudos of overseeing a flagship store.”

Mike Flannery knew that becoming Manager of one of the UK’s most successful WHSmith stores would be a challenge, but didn’t foresee how he would end up rubbing shoulders with his sporting idols and how, ultimately, it would springboard his career in a new direction. 

“In July 2003, the store was one of four top performing stores across the country and we were always vying for the top spot. “Since intu Trafford Centre was such a high profile location we started to attract the A-list book signings. A real highlight for me was when David Beckham came into the store on two occasions as well as Pelé on another. It was an exciting time and we were soon, consistently, the top performing store in the country. I used to get a real buzz knowing how much money we were taking – we were flying.” 

“By 2007 I was ready for a new challenge and the role of Retail Liaison Manager for intu Trafford Centre came up. I already knew the Centre Director, Gordon McKinnon from the retail forums I attended. I approached him, asked about the role, applied and got the job. I was delighted. 

“It was a real shock at first, as it was a very different experience to managing a team of 200 and taking sole responsibility for running a very busy store, as I was now really working on my own. However, I gradually built a rapport and relationship with the retailers – which I found incredibly rewarding as it’s not an easy thing to do. I also applied my management skills and knowledge built up through 30 years of experience at WHSmith, and I haven’t looked back. Last year, I was promoted to Guest Services Manager and am now responsible for managing and overseeing the new Retail Liaison Manager, environmental services, security and customer service. My new role with intu is constantly evolving and it’s a really exciting time professionally for me.