We've received an email from richpepperell? detailing a new development regarding LEGO Stores in the UK:
Just thought I'd let you know I popped into my local Toymaster today - Thomas Moore in Exeter - to discover that half the shop had now become a "Lego Store". It's all been completely redesigned and looks like an actual Lego Store with the little tables for kids to sit and play at, and they were stocking some sets that I usually consider exclusive to Lego Stores (R2-D2 10522 for example).
They are having a grand opening event this Saturday 27th with 10% of all sets, loads of other events and the unveiling by the Mayor of Exeter of a life-size Star Wars model - it is currently under a a sheet but I could tell it was... Spoilers... Captain Rex.
The local Express and Echo is also running Lego competitions for best Lego house and car models built, with the winners receiving a £50 Lego goody bag - I have the flyer if you want a picture. Prizes also include passes for Legoland, and there also seems to be some sort of deal for free minifigures, but I seem to have missed the date for this.
It certainly sounds interesting doesn't it, and I hope that we will see this rolled out across the UK. I am curious as to whether this store (and others which may follow) will offer VIP points, and run LEGO promotions. I'm not really sure that there is much hope for it if they will be selling at RRP like LEGO Brand Retail, as there are so many other places which offer discounts now...
Have you encountered one of these stores anywhere else?
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