If you’re not on the JYSK hype yet, what are you doing with your life?
The Danish homeware brand sells loads of beautiful bits for your home, with prices that would even have IKEA in a cold sweat.
And now it’s about to open its biggest UK store yet, right here in Greater Manchester, with massive discounts during its opening week.
JYSK, pronounced ‘yoosk’ – which is fun – has announced that its first XL store will be in Bolton after fully refurbishing the existing shop.
Tucked away on Bolton Gate Retail Park (where there’s also a really good Dunelm and a Hobbycraft), the new-look massive JYSK will have furniture in store that’s normally only available online.
It’ll also have loads more room for inspiration and displays, more stock, and a same-day click-and-collect service.
The new Bolton XL JYSK spans a massive 1,201 sq metres, and it’s offering up to 70% off hundreds of products throughout its opening week.
The brand has Scandinavian roots (we honestly associate Scandinavia with nothing but nice furniture, meatballs, and Greta Thunberg at this point) and sells everything from bedroom furniture to garden bits to decorative items.
JYSK is now running towards its goal of opening 5000 stores worldwide, with plans to refurbish and update all of its existing UK stores by 2025 too.
Ciaron Hearns, JYSK sales and marketing manager, UK & Ireland said: “JYSK (pronounced YOOSK) Bolton is our most exciting UK store launch to date, it is our first XL store, and it has been designed to improve customer shopping experiences.
“Our Bolton customers will have seen the transformation of the Bolton store over the last three months, and we’re delighted to unveil all the hard work from the JYSK teams.
“Dedicated customers will see that the XL concept differs from our usual store format, now featuring more space and inspiration, as well as a wider product assortment, increased stock, and more creative and stylish displays.
“Not only this, but we’re pleased to include furniture and accessories from our assortment that are normally only exclusively available online.
“We are committed bringing our customers the best shopping experience possible, and so as with all JYSK UK stores, customers will be able to enjoy our brilliant same-day click and collect service, AnyVan local next day delivery service, and exclusive in-store lines. We are so looking forward to you there!”
Thousands of Greater Manchester university students given free anti-drink spiking kits
Thousands of students arriving at Greater Manchester’s universities have been given free personal safety kits.
With Freshers Weeks currently in full swing, and new and returning students in their thousands having now descended on Greater Manchester to attend many of the region’s world-renowned universities, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) says it’s “dedicated” to ensuring all who come to study within the area are safe.
The force has dished-out thousands of free personal safety kits containing anti-drink spiking items, personal attack alarms, crime prevention leaflets, and more.
Dedicated GMP officers in each of the three boroughs’ city and town centres are also currently conducting community engagement activities with new students, and are actively talking to them about personal safety, theft, burglary, and cybercrime.
On top of this, police are also out on patrol at evening and night times, and will be in both plain clothes and visibly uniformed.
They’ll be particularly targeting the region’s “high-traffic areas” and “crime hotspots”.
GMP says this is to ensure everyone continues to be safe, and are “free to enjoy themselves in Greater Manchester’s bustling night life”.
Students who have moved, or are moving to live within the Greater Manchester region for the first time are also being actively encouraged by police to “familiarise” themselves with their new area.
This includes checking out public transport routes that they may be regularly using, obtaining up-to-date contact details and information for licensed taxi companies in the region, and familiarising themselves with the safest routes between their homes, shops, university buildings, and favourite places.
After the North West had more reports of spiking than anywhere else in 2021 – with around 90% of those incidents taking place in central Manchester – GMP has also pledged to provide support and information for potential victims of spiking.
The force is now actively-telling students what to do if they think they’ve been spiked.
“We know it can be scary to report being spiked,” GMP said in a statement.
“But the police are here to help you, and we will listen to you and take you seriously. It is not a crime to have illegal drugs in your system (unless you are driving), so please don’t let this stop you reporting spiking.”
GMP recommends calling 999 or 101 immediately if you think you have been a victim of spiking, and encourages letting a member of staff know too if you’re in a bar or a club.
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Peter Kay wants to do a Phoenix Nights film and has already written multiple Max and Paddy Christmas specials
Comedy legend Peter Kay has revealed that he wants to revive Phoenix Nights in the form of a feature film and has been writing down ideas for years.
Writing in his upcoming memoir, TV: Big Adventures on the Small Screen — which releases on Thursday, 28 September this week — Kay has confirmed that he’s been workshopping possible ways to do it ever since the hit show ended in 2003.
As per multiple outlets who got their hands on extracts from the follow-up to his best-selling autobiography from 2007, The Sound of Laughter, the Bolton-born comic, actor and writer says: “I still write down ideas.
“I had an idea only today of Brian getting Young Kenny [played by fellow Manc funnyman, Justin Moorhouse] to paint an enormous letter ‘H’ on the roof of the club so he can advertise they’ve got a helicopter pad. The chance of a helicopter ever landing is, of course, zero.” Kay also returned stand-up at the AO Arena this weekend.
The 50-year-old goes on to write that, “As the years pass, I’m becoming more like Brian, but if Phoenix Nights rose again it’d have to be for something very special, maybe a film? Perhaps Brian could get visited by three ghosts. Now, wouldn’t that be an idea?”
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Kay has floated the possibility of a feature-length Phoenix Nights comeback, having told producers that a script was ‘ready to go’ back in 2011 around the same time and success of The Inbetweeners Movie.
In fact, a few years later in 2017, he told BBC Radio Manchester that he’d “love to go back” to the series and said, “There’s a whole series three been written for about 15 years” but insisted that other projects and real-life simply gets in the way. As for whether this was turned into a film script, who knows?
Furthermore, the sell-out standup (whose return to the stage broke records and the internet late last year) shed even further light on the show’s spin-off, Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere and its potential return for a Christmas special or two. In fact, co-star Paddy McGuinness talked it up earlier this year too.
He detailed how a script he’d written revolved around the two bouncers as “overly aggressive” elves working in Santa’s grotto.
Like his lifelong friend Peter, McGuinness insisted he’s always been keen to bring the equally popular comedy duo back and has said in the past that there’s “always talk about doing another one”, but that the issue is simply “time” and “getting everyone together”.
We’re keeping everything crossed that the time is just around the corner.