Primark‘s brand-new click and collect service has launched inside its Manchester city centre store, and it’s set to make life a lot easier for shoppers.
It’s been a long time coming, but after the fashion retail giant confirmed back in June 2022 that it would be launching a long-awaited shopping service that allows people to order items online and then collect them in stores throughout the North West, Yorkshire, and North Wales the highly-anticipated trial has finally arrived here in Manchester today.
Currently being trialled in 25 stores, the new click and collect service allows customers to shop online from an extensive range of products, and then collect those products in their nominated store on their chosen day.
But how exactly does it work? What can be ordered through the service? And where do I find the service here in Manchester?
Here’s everything you need to know.
How does Primark’s new click and collect service work?
Primark’s new click and collect service is now live, and the retailer says it offers customers “more choice and greater convenience”.
After browsing online and adding items to a virtual shopping basket, customers can then choose a day to collect, up to seven days ahead, from their chosen store.
Orders will be available for collection from two days after they have been placed with a £15 minimum order value and no delivery charge, and customers will be able to collect their order from a dedicated ‘Click + Collect’ desk.
You can also pay for any other items you’ve picked up in store at the desk too.
What can I order?
The trial brings together an extensive range of Primark kids’ products, with customers able to shop from up to 2,000 items across baby, kids, and decorative nursery products and toys – with hundreds of new items and ranges exclusive to the service.
Some of the exclusives include multipacks of bestselling products, as well as new items from Disney and larger nursery decor and toys.
As well as the exclusive ranges, customers of the smaller stores in the trial will also benefit from access to ranges that are normally only found in larger flagship stores, and this means that, on average, customers will have access to twice as many options than they’re usually used to.
Where do I find the new service here in Manchester?
The all-new click and collect service has been set up inside the Manchester city centre store, so we nipped down this morning to check it out for ourselves.
Best accessed from the entrance just off Piccadilly Gardens, rather than the main Market Street entrance, signs advertising the launch of the new click and collect service can be seen as soon as you walk through the door, before heading down the escalator to the lower ground floor where you’ll see the service.
With the bright lime green click and collect branding all lit up and guiding the way, you can’t miss it.
It’s right next to the Primark coffee shop too, so once you’ve collected your items and, most likely, spent a bit of time browsing all the other floors of the massive store, you can grab yourself a nice warm drink to take away with you as well.
Find out more about Primark’s new click and collect service here.
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These three Greater Manchester Wilko stores are reopening as Poundlands this weekend
The first 10 Wilko stores to start new lives as Poundlands are reopening this weekend, and three of them are in Greater Manchester.
We all know by now that it’s been a turbulent couple of weeks for Wilko after it entered administration earlier last month, but after it was sadly announced back on 11 September that all of the retailer’s outlets across the UK would be forced to close, leaving around 12,500 jobs at risk, a glimmer of hope was offered.
And that glimmer of hope was that several dozen stores had been saved.
Only, they wouldn’t be remaining under the Wilko name, as they’d be reopening as another popular bargain retailer instead, and that’s because Pepco Group – the company which owns Poundland in the UK – managed to strike a deal with Wilko administrators PwC to take control of up to 71 store leases.
With lease assignments expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to Pepco, this meant that the some 71 stores would join Poundland’s existing 800-plus UK outlets before 2023 is out.
Pepco Group published the full list of stores set for conversion earlier this month, and also confirmed it would be offering employment some of Wilko’s former employees – with it being good news for six Greater Manchester sites.
Altrincham, Bolton, Eccles, Sale, Leigh, and Stockport were confirmed to be the region’s towns set to get themselves a new Poundland, and Poundland added that it intends to convert the stores over to its brand “as soon as is practical”.
It turns out that window of practicality has arrived this weekend for three of those confirmed sites.
Among the 10 former Wilko branches across the UK that are set to start a new chapter and begin lives as Poundlands this weekend are sites at The Peel Centre in Stockport, The Mall in Eccles, and on Lord Street in Leigh.
It’s expected that dates for the new round of Poundland conversions will be announced in due course, as will news from PwC about the other deals it has struck for the Wilko name to live on.
You may remember that administrators had previously struck a deal for fellow discount chain B&M to buy 51 other Wilko stores, while another high street chain, The Range, had also confirmed a last-minute deal to buy Wilko’s brand last month.
The Range has bought Wilko’s website and intellectual property, so shoppers can expect to see Wilko own-brand items appear in The Range stores nationwide very soon.
Featured Image – Poundland
Iconic Sycamore Gap tree renamed ‘Sycamore Stump’ after heartbreaking vandalism
Someone has already changed the name of the iconic Sycamore Gap tree to ‘Sycamore Stump’ after it was felled in what’s believed to be an act of vandalism.
The famous tree was believed to be about 300 years old and was made famous when it appeared in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
It’s one of the most photographed trees in the world (Rockefeller’s Christmas tree might just edge that one) and has stood on Hadrian’s Wall for centuries.
But overnight on Wednesday, this world-famous tree was felled, leaving just a small stump behind.
Someone has already changed its name on Google Maps from Sycamore Gap to Sycamore Stump, echoing the public outcry over the tree’s disappearance.
The National Trust said on Thursday: “We are shocked and desperately saddened to learn that the famous Sycamore Gap tree at Hadrian’s Wall has been felled overnight, in what appears to be an act of vandalism.
“We know just how much this iconic tree is loved locally, nationally and by everyone who has visited.
“We are working with our partners to understand what has happened and what can be done. The incident has also been reported to the police.”
Police have now confirmed that a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
Supt Kevin Waring of Northumbria police said: “This is a world-renowned landmark and the events of today have caused significant shock, sadness and anger throughout the local community and beyond.
“An investigation was immediately launched following this vandalism, and this afternoon we have arrested one suspect in connection with our inquiries.
“Given our investigation remains at a very early stage, we are keeping an open mind. I am appealing to the public for information to assist us – if you have seen or heard anything suspicious that may be of interest to us, please let us know.”