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Barnstaple shopper in bid to bring new store to the town

By tinap  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

The old Focus DIY store on Hollowtree could be an ideal location for a new T.K.Maxx store

The old Focus DIY store on Hollowtree could be an ideal location for a new T.K.Maxx store

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A Barnstaple shopper has set up a Facebook campaign to bring her favourite shop to North Devon.

Louisa York said she was fed up having to drive 40 miles to her nearest T.K.Maxx store which is in Exeter. She has now set up a Facebook page and is hoping to collect enough 'likes' to persuade the company to open a store in Barnstaple.

Louisa said, "I love buying my kids beautiful and unusual clothing, along with books and toys at bargain prices. There are so many departments offering quality goods for reasonable prices and often you can find current season items for less than in other stores, most of which aren't available in North Devon either."

Louisa suggested that the store could even be housed in the former Focus DIY on corner of Hollowtree Road and Coney Avenue in Newport, which is currently unoccupied.

She added, "This facility is large and already has a good sized car park. We need to bring more retail choice and job opportunities to Barnstaple. I'd happily work there."

When told about the campaign, a spokeswoman for T.K.Maxx said, "We are always very interested in what our customers have to say and we listen to them and engage with them on our own Facebook page. 

"We have recently opened two more stores and we know what impact the arrival of one of our stores can have on the local economy.  We are constantly reviewing opportunities and use a range of criteria when deciding where to open a new store. All I can say is never say never."

What do you think? Would you like to see a T.K.Maxx store in Barnstaple?

Louisa's Facebook page: Bring T.K.Maxx to Barnstaple can be found at https://www.facebook.com/tkmaxxbarnstaple

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  • House of York Childcare  |  October 11 2012, 11:58PM

    A new 'superstore' like TK Maxx, would generate employment for the area (as well as preventing the eyesore of empty shops). Not everybody is on the breadline, yet most people are still having to be careful with money. Why would you go to Marks and Spencer or Banbury's and pay full whack for items, when you can go to TK Maxx and buy quality branded goods for up to 60% off?

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  • DavidT5000  |  October 06 2012, 5:50PM

    It won't happen. At the moment we are seeing a steady stream of shops closing down around here. The only shop of any significance that has opened here recently has been the appearance of the odious Brighthouse. North Devon is a very poor area and shops only go to areas where they can make money. Even Poundland can't make a case for being here which says it all. Until north Devon can create an economy that can pay wages in line with living costs here then we simply will not see large shops or other services coming. There are simply not enough people with enough money to make it worthwhile. High unemployment and far too many people on abysmal wages. I don't think Green Lanes since it opened has ever had all its units occupied at the same time which says it all. The other issue is tbe internet. There are really two reasons for going to the local shop instead of using the internet. Those are being able to get something immediately and the second being able to see something before you buy it. In both cases our local chain stores fail badly. The problem is that the few national stores we do get here are small and carry very restricted ranges. For example around this time of year the Christmas catalogues start to appear. I pick these up for someone who can't get to the shops. Last year I think only one of the items I was asked to look at from the Marks & Spencer catalogue was in stock in Barnstaple. Yes it could be ordered in but that's totally pointless and defeats the whole point of visiting the shop. I can do that from home. Just had exactly the same experience with Dunelm Mill. Nothing I wanted carried in the Barnstaple store.I know the smaller stores cannot stock everything but its amazing just how restricted the ranges are locally. I don't believe I was asking for anything out of the ordinary at all.

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  • trickyP1  |  October 03 2012, 10:08AM

    I bet Banbury's don't want a John Lewis!

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  • melj71  |  October 02 2012, 11:38PM

    If it's going to be as bad as the Exeter store, I wouldn't bother.

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  • unhappysteveo  |  October 02 2012, 4:45PM

    i'd rather see a john lewis before a see a tkmaxx!

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  • MadSolutions  |  October 02 2012, 4:04PM

    In my opinion all these sort of mainstream stores will start appearing in and around the North Devon area as soon as all these thousands of proposed houses get the go ahead, so I wouldn't worry too much about your favourite store coming to town.

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