Brand store to open in Manchester, UK

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The location of the eighth brand store in the UK has been revealed on the jobs section of LEGO.com. It will be in Manchester, in the Arndale Centre, in the middle of the city.

Clearly LEGO think there is a need for one there, despite the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre being only a few miles away in the Trafford Centre.

I believe there is to be another store opening in the UK this year, but its location still remains a mystery. If I had to guess I'd say it will be in t'north of country, though :-)

(thanks Martyn for posting this news in the forum)

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By in United Kingdom,

Guess I just waved goodbye to doing things on my weekends from August onwards :-)

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By in Germany,

how are they going to sell anything when it's all been nailed to the shelves?

(ha ha ;-) )

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By in United Kingdom,

I am so very very happy.

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By in United Kingdom,

>Clearly LEGO think there is a need for one there, despite the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre being only a few miles >away in the Trafford Centre.

I clearly think so too. The shop at the LDC is an overpriced waste of space, now brand stores are a different kettle of fish...

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By in United Kingdom,

At last something worthwhile for Manchester to celebrate. I wonder if they'll run at a £158 million PA loss and hire an open top bus to tour the city?

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By in France,

Hooray! Not impressed with the store at the Trafford Centre at all so it's great to have a proper brand store nearby :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

*Is jealous*

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By in United Kingdom,

My guess is Leeds.

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By in United Kingdom,

^I'd doubt that. More likely to be in a large shopping centre like Meadowhall if they aimed at Yorkshire.
Manchester is good though! Guess the Trafford centre would have stepped on the LDC's turf, though as Matthew says, the LDC is an overpriced waste of space, and a crushing disappointment whenever I foolishly darken its doors. I found the centre of Manchester surprisingly lacking, but a Lego store now makes it worth the trip.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm hopping the next UK one is in Glasgow or Edinburgh. We need one in up in Scotland!

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By in United Kingdom,

This really is good news, I'm glad Lego have finally realized that people do live north of London! I visited the store in the Trafford Centre a few weeks ago when I went to pick up my new ipad from the Apple store there and was very unimpressed. Although, as happy as I am about this it seems quite close to the Liverpool store. A store in Leeds, probably in the white rose centre would be perfect for me as I only live 10 miles from there. I also agree that Lego shouldn't forget about people in scotland.

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By in Ireland,

Me thinks a road trip is in order :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I wish they would bring a store to Bath or Bristol. Bath has only one toy shop and its rubbish.

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By in Australia,

When will Australia get a LEGO brand store, we desperately need one.

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By in Gibraltar,

When will Spain or Portugal get one ?

only 5 countries in the whole world with Official Lego Brand Stores ?

Yes most independants and the likes of TRU have better selection and prices but we miss out on the other items that are unique to brand stores and the monthly model builds, special limited edition giveaways etc...

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ to be honest, I was surprised they went with Cardiff rather than Cabot Circus @Bristol when it first opened. Cribbs has got excellent road links, and would also make a good choice.

It's an open secret that they've been looking to open a store in Glasgow or Edinburgh for years ... they've had problems finding a suitable retail unit. Getting the right combination of store size, rent, customer footfall & demographics, etal., isn't easy.

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By in United Kingdom,

Leeds or Sheffield would be an excellent choice but would either be too close to Manchester to be worthwhile.
I do hope so and its good that Lego realise there is a top half to the UK.

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By in United Kingdom,

As Birmingham is supposed to be the second city and there isn't one anywhere near I would have thought there was a natural choice. Now Manchester has this, discovery centre and Liverpool which is only up the road. I suppose they must have done their homework to come to this decision tho.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Birmingham did have one in the Bullring, but it shut down just as I got back into Lego :(

Meadowhall would be good for me, or Nottingham. Too much to hope that little ol' Derby could support one if Birmingham couldn't.

Let's hope the PAB wall is better in Manc land than at Milton Keynes - After a 2 hour drive I found it rubbish to be honest, and the staff were useless.

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By in United Kingdom,

I didn't know there was one in Birmingham once Delatron. Was it there long?
B'ham didn't have the best reputation back in the day but when I returned last year for a visit after a ten year absence I was surprised how ultra modern it has become and how it seems to have found a new identity.
Easily on par with Liverpool and Manchester I'd say.

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By in United Kingdom,

We're going to have one in every city if we keep going at this rate. A store in Manchester won't be of much use to me, but I have Brighton about twenty minutes down the road. Nevertheless, any Lego stores are welcome! Still got my fingers crossed for Eastbourne getting a Lego store one day though! ;D

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By in United Kingdom,

The Birmingham (UK) store was open from ~2004 until 2006. It closed because it's turnover wasn't good enough. Basically, not enough customers spending enough money. Would not surprise me if Lego took another look at Birmingham in the future.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Thanks bluemoose, knew roughly when it shut (actually a few years before I came out of my dark age) but didn't know how long it was open. Shame, i'm about 45 mins from Brum.

As I said before, I'll hope for Meadowhall (about 30mins up the M1) or Notts, but i'll visit Manc rather than MK as it's closer and my opinion of MK was a bit low. Fingers crossed for a PAB wall with a better selection.....

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By in United Kingdom,

It's not an unprecedented move. Berlin has two LDC shops, as well as a large LEGO brand store. Best one I've been to, come to that, so here's hoping that's a good omen.

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope it's in Birmingham, the other Lego stores in the UK seem to have done well so I think it should be given a second chance. Plus I'm a resident of Brum and there aren't any other Lego stores particularly near.

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By in United Kingdom,

could be nottingham, or leicester, all far enough apart from the nearest store, and both central, also they have good retail footfall

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Since Game and other stores have gone into Administration, Lego should check out Princes Street in Edinburgh. Lots of retail space available now! Even the Disney Store's recently moved out.

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By in United Kingdom,

Come on we need it to be Meadowhall

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By in United Kingdom,

This is great news. Might make more trips into the city centre now. Went into the LDC not long ago and was shocked when I got to the till with a Shuttle Expedition ~£90!

Visited the Liverpool store twice and was impressed with the helpfulness of staff and choice.

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By in United Kingdom,

t'north of country, that was a throw away joke.

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