14 April 2016 | A Message from the Centre Manager
To all our customers,
Middlebrook is the largest retail park in the United Kingdom. It’s excellent location just off Junction 6 of the M61 motorway and its proximity Horwich Parkway railway station gives easy access to customers both travelling in by train and by car, of which there are in excess of 100,000 per week.
Unfortunately this excellent public transport and motorway network is also making Middlebrook extremely attractive to commuters, day trippers and train passengers all of whom park all day on the car parks for free but don’t actually make use of the facilities that Middlebrook has to offer. This is now reaching a level where I have to look at putting in some controls so that we can keep the car park spaces free for our shoppers, restaurant and cinema goers.
We have conducted extensive research with our retailers and through our ANPR monitoring system we can tell exactly how long cars stay on the car parks. This has helped us identify that a 6 hour maximum stay will not affect our customers but will stop the hundreds of unauthorised commuters using the car parks during the week.
· 6 hour maximum stay Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm (no return within 2 hours) will start from Tuesday 3rd May.
· There will be no parking restrictions after 6pm on week days so that our evening customers are fully protected. Cars will still be able to be left overnight should customers wish to have a drink in one of our many restaurants.
· There will be no maximum stay at weekends and Bank holidays.
· Disabled bays will be monitored at all times.
We may also decide at busy times to lift the 6 hour maximum stay to ensure shoppers can stay longer.
Our number one focus is our customers having a pleasant and enjoyable visit to Middlebrook and FREE, easily accessible parking is part of this strategy.
I hope that this explains clearly the reasons why we are implementing this policy and shows that it is for the right reasons - To ensure the best possible experience for all customers visiting Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park.
21 March 2016 | FREE STORE PARTY AT SMYTHS TOYS SUPERSTORES THIS SATURDAY
Smyths Toys Superstores are having a free party and everyone’s invited! Children across the UK are in for a real treat with the free store party taking place in all Smyths Toys Superstores this Easter Saturday from 10am – 4pm!
All children who attend any of the leading toy retailer’s UK stores will be given a completely free Skylanders SWAP™ Force Figure, a Tub of Play-Doh, 2 Packets of Match Attax, and a WWE Kids Magazine! There’ll also be a free Easter Egg Hunt, free candy floss & face-painting for over 3’s and a live DJ in all stores. As if that wasn’t enough, there’ll also be the chance to win a £50 gift every hour in every store!
Smyths Toys Superstores currently trade from 86 stores across the UK and Ireland. Catering for all ages, the leading toy retailer’s stores are bursting with a huge range of toys, video games, bikes and baby products, including all the top brands. Plus, with the evenings getting longer, they also carry an extensive range of outdoor products including trampolines, bikes, swings, and seesaws to help get everyone out and active!
You can find your nearest store at SmythsToys.com so be sure to join the fun this Saturday from 10am – 4pm. No purchase is necessary and all giveaways are while stocks last.
1 February 2016 | SMYTHS TOYS SUPERSTORES VOTED TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR!
Smyths Toys Superstores is celebrating today after being handed the 2015 Overall Toy Retailer of the Year Award by the British Toy & Hobby Association. The leading toy retailer won out over rivals including Argos and Toys R Us. The awards ceremony, held on January 24th at the Olympia, London, was created to recognise excellence in toy retailing.
Commenting on their victory, Rob Guckian, spokesman for Smyths Toys Superstores explained, ‘We are thrilled to have been awarded the Toy Retailer of the Year Award. We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff has been acknowledged. Being recognised for our efforts by the British Toy & Hobby Association is truly an honor; all of us at Smyths Toys Superstores look forward to continuing to offer our customers many more years of incredible service.’
The award is one of two Smyths Toys Superstores picked up on the night, including the Specialist Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year Award (over 30 stores). This is the fifth consecutive year that Smyths Toys Superstores have been recognised at the Toy Retailer Awards.
Based in almost 90 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, Smyths Toys Superstores stock everything from dolls and action figures to baby products, video games, playsets and much more. The leading toy retailer carries all today’s top brands and prides themselves on their ability to offer the most competitive prices on an unbeatable selection of products.