It makes a refreshing change to see new superstores opening in out-of-town retail parks when we are more accustomed to seeing their closure. It's even better when it's a toy store, and it's about a mile from your own house :-)
Smyths Toys originated in the Republic Of Ireland but have been rapidly expanding into the UK over the last few years, mostly in the north of England and around London. Their newest branch opened today in Fareham, Hampshire. It's good that they are making inroads into what was previously Toys R Us territory because they are so much nicer than TRU in every way.
- It's tidy: sets are arranged by theme and not scattered randomly wherever there's space. And, it's all in one place - not all over the shop, at the end of aisles and at the front in a special promotions area.
- It has almost every retail set that's currently available.
- The prices are not marked up. In fact there are some real bargains to be had, which is becoming uncommon for bricks-and-mortar shops (apart from when they are running 3-for-2 offers).
Furthermore, you are not persecuted if you enter the shop with bags. It's altogether a much more pleasant experience, and you don't feel 'dirty' once you've been in it.
So as you can probably tell, I'm happy to have a branch so close, and I can see I'll be visiting every time I pass by (which I foresee will be often :))
Do you have a Smyths near you? What do you think of it? If you don't, remember you can keep an eye on their bargains using our Smyths Quick Shopper.
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