From the mid-nineteenth century until the mid-1970s the area we now call the Northern Quarter was a mix of shops and warehouses. The redevelopment of the area between Cannon Street and Market Street saw the birth of the Manchester Arndale Centre. The shops on Oldham Street moved over to the Arndale and by the early 1980s decay had stepped in.
The opening of the market-like AflecksPalace and cheaper rents brought a new set of tenants to the buildings around Oldham Street and by the 1990s the area was becoming known as The Northern Quarter.
The Northern Quarter is unique in the city of Manchester for its enterprising free spirit and the quality of its shops and bars.