Barnstaple shopper in bid to bring new store to the town
A Barnstaple shopper has set up a Facebook campaign to bring her favourite shop to North Devon.
Louisa York said she was fed up having to drive 40 miles to her nearest T.K.Maxx store which is in Exeter. She has now set up a Facebook page and is hoping to collect enough 'likes' to persuade the company to open a store in Barnstaple.
Louisa said, "I love buying my kids beautiful and unusual clothing, along with books and toys at bargain prices. There are so many departments offering quality goods for reasonable prices and often you can find current season items for less than in other stores, most of which aren't available in North Devon either."
Louisa suggested that the store could even be housed in the former Focus DIY on corner of Hollowtree Road and Coney Avenue in Newport, which is currently unoccupied.
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She added, "This facility is large and already has a good sized car park. We need to bring more retail choice and job opportunities to Barnstaple. I'd happily work there."
When told about the campaign, a spokeswoman for T.K.Maxx said, "We are always very interested in what our customers have to say and we listen to them and engage with them on our own Facebook page.
"We have recently opened two more stores and we know what impact the arrival of one of our stores can have on the local economy. We are constantly reviewing opportunities and use a range of criteria when deciding where to open a new store. All I can say is never say never."
What do you think? Would you like to see a T.K.Maxx store in Barnstaple?
Louisa's Facebook page: Bring T.K.Maxx to Barnstaple can be found at https://www.facebook.com/tkmaxxbarnstaple