H&M has finally brought its popular Home concept to Manchester, opening a new store at the Trafford Centre.
The shop has been given a complete overhaul and has expanded, adding in an entire department for homeware as well as its usual fashion sections.
The new-look H&M has less products on display to create a ‘warmer, more welcoming interior and relaxed environment’, which the retailer says is a UK-first.
Shoppers will finally be able to get their hands on H&M Home products in person, with everything from real plants to bath towels on sale.
There’s a new nursery section filled with pastel-hued soft toys and furnishings, and walls filled with curtains, bedding and rugs.
H&M has also collaborated with locals in Manchester, like interior stylist @thenorthernhome_, who was chosen to style the new store’s dining room section.
H&M’s expansion manager Chris Clare said that the brand would be partnering with local businesses across the coming months, ‘proving how committed we are to Manchester and our loyal customers there’.
He added: “We are also adding the extremely popular H&M HOME concept to the Manchester shopping agenda – which we know is loved by those in the city and region.”
H&M U.K. & Ireland country manager Toni Galli said: “The store will feature an open façade with no windows, creating a welcoming, modern and meaningful shopping experience where style, creativity and culture are celebrated.”
H&M opened its first UK store in 1976 and now has more than 200 shops across the UK and Ireland.
H&M is collaborating with locals in Manchester, like interior stylist @thenorthernhome_. Credit: The Manc Group
It will continue its sustainability mission at the Trafford Centre store, including its Garment Collection and Recycling service – shoppers can bring in unwanted clothes and textiles to be recycled, in exchange for a digital voucher and Conscious Points.
Toni added: “We are super excited to be offering our customers a brand-new store at the Trafford Centre this Spring.
“Our aim is to offer our customers a modern and meaningful shopping experience were style, creativity and culture are celebrated, and we are confident that our new store at the Trafford Centre will offer exactly this.”
Zoe Inman, centre director at Trafford Centre, said: “The H&M reopening and expansion is such an exciting opportunity for Trafford Centre, we’re delighted to house H&M’s first of its kind concept store and design across the world.
“The expansion of bringing H&M HOME to the centre will enhance our customers’ shopping experience and strengthen the fabulous home and interiors offering.”
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Tesco to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores following watchdog advice
Tesco is to start making Clubcard Prices “even clearer” in stores across the UK after a row with the leading consumer watchdog.
The supermarket‘s Clubcard loyalty scheme has more than 20 million people signed-up nationwide, making it one of the most popular of its kind on the market, by far – but over the coming weeks, members will start to see changes in the way Clubcard Prices are displayed when they’re shopping in Tesco stores.
The retailer has been advised to make the prices “even clearer” by the UK’s leading consumer watchdog.
It’s all to do with unit pricing, as Which? had said that Tesco’s decision not to display this on its Clubcard offers could, essentially, be breaking the law.
Tesco has been ordered to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores / Credit: The Manc Group
According to BBC claims, Which? reported Tesco to the regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in June of last year, as competition rules state that unit prices could be seen as “material information”.
This means that they’re something most people would need in order to make an informed decision about how to get the best value from what they buy.
But while Tesco apparently said at the time that Which?’s claims were “ill-founded”, it looks to have changed its tune now, as the supermarket’s bosses have this week announced that unit prices will now be displayed in stores.
Consumer watchdog Which? said the supermarket could be breaking the law unless it displayed ‘unit prices’ / Credit: The Manc Group
Tesco’s UK CEO Jason Tarry said the retailer is “working harder than ever” to help make sure customers get “great value” when they shop in stores nationwide.
“We want our customers to be able to see just how well these offers stack up,” Mr Tarry said.
“If you are in store, you will now start to see that the way that we display our Clubcard Prices will not only show the total price, but also the unit price of the product (by volume or weight), to allow a direct comparison of the price per unit between the Clubcard Prices offer and the price of alternative products.”
The changes will start being introduced in all UK stores over the coming weeks / Credit: Tesco plc
Mr Tarry claims this is something Tesco’s been “planning to do for some time”, and is “pleased” the retailer is now ready to make the change.
He continued: “Over the coming weeks, these changes will appear in all our stores, as our colleagues update millions of price labels on the shelf edge, and we will also be adding these unit prices to our Clubcard Prices deals online.
“It may be just a little extra help, but we know that every little really does help at the moment.”
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Aldi launches competition to design an Easter egg that’ll go on sale in all its UK stores
Aldi has launched a brand-new competition giving people the chance to design an Easter egg that’ll go on sale in all its UK stores.
With one of the sweetest times of the year only a matter of weeks away now, the retailer is calling on budding designers and chocolate lovers of all ages and abilities to “reach for the colouring pencils” and get involved with its new “egg-stra special” competition to create your very-own Easter egg.
You could be in with the chance of seeing your design displayed on Aldi’s shelves next year.
Whether it’s a space-themed look, an under the sea special, or even a botanical masterpiece, the supermarket will select one Easter egg design to join its 2025 range.
Aldi has launched a brand-new Easter egg design competition / Credit: Aldi UK
Not only will the lucky winner see their sugary creation in Aldi stores all across the UK, but on top of that, they’ll also get the chance to go on an exclusive day-out for a unique chocolate tasting experience.
All you need is a bit of creative flair and a love for chocolate to enter.
“Launching this new competition is a fantastic chance for shoppers to deliver the Easter products they truly want to see on shelves,” Aldi UK’s Managing Director of Buying, Julie Ashfield, commented as the design competition launched this week.
“Our Easter egg range grows in variety and excitement each year, so there’s no better way to continue this tradition than collaborating with our customers to create a new Easter masterpiece.”
The winning egg design will go on sale at all Aldi’s UK stores next year / Credit: Aldi UK
Fancy sticking an entry in then?
You can get involved by downloading the drawing guideline that’s available on the dedicated ‘Design an Easter Egg’ web page here, and then sending your design to the entry email address [email protected], along with your name, age, and a brief description of why your design would make the perfect addition to Aldi’s Easter range.