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The Alternative Pop-up Christmas Department Store

With unique pieces from local producers in and around Manchester



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The With Love Project Department Store is open for the next six weeks and is located on Dantzic Street. It’s set to be one of the best spots if you’re after something different.

Prices range from £5 to £5,000 and include loads of local products that include one-off pieces such as lamps made in Manchester, trainers from Bolton, tea hampers from an English tea plantation and seaweed infused rum from Wales!

The pop-up has been curated by Chris and Rob, who see the space as a celebration of the brands they have been meeting, photographing and admiring since starting With Love in 2014.

The With Love Department Store is an amazing alternative option to the standard high-street this festive season, giving you a chance to get up close with lots of brands that otherwise wouldn’t have a physical space.


The With Love Department Store @ Dantzic, NOMA runs until 21st December 2019.

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Lidl launch new school uniform range with prices starting at just £1

What a bargain!

Alex Watson




Lidl has launched Smart Start kids school uniform range with jumpers as low as £1 each. 

The range goes on sale from next Thursday (August 6th) but is likely to sell out super fast! 

The budget supermarket is selling a whole range of uniform which means you can kit your kids out with a full outfit for just £4.50. 

With the kids having a chunky time off due to lockdown its likely much of their old uniform won’t fit come September when schools are back open but this is the perfect bargain. 


You can get a pack of two blue polo shirts for just £1.75, a two-pack of white t-shirts for £1.99 and two school shirts for £2.45. 

They’ve also got sweatshirts, which are a huge bargain, priced at just £1 each and red or navy blue cardigans (£3.49).

There’s also skirts, trousers and school shorts for £1.75. For £2.99 you can grab navy and black kids school pinafore that are even water repellent.

There’s also plenty of savings to be had on new PE kits including £2.99 for two shorts, £2.99 joggers, £2.99 for a three-pack of vests and £2.49 cycling shorts. 



Finally, there are also trainers for £5.99 a pair, leather school shoes with velcro straps for £6.99 and plimsolls for £2.49.

Complete it all with a £3.99 Pac a Mac perfect for that September weather! 

See the full range here. 

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Primark has revealed when the Trafford Centre store will finally open

Not long to wait…

Alex Watson



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Primark fans will be pleased to hear there’s an update about the new Trafford Centre store.

As part of the lockdown easing measures, non-essential shops are expected to be reopen from June 15th. Primark confirmed all of its 281 English stores would be reopen on this day, while shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be open by the end of June.

Eager Primark shoppers will be excited about the latest announcement from the superstore that the long-awaited Trafford Centre branch will be reopening soon.

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According to the BBC, the Trafford Centre store, which was set to open in March, is expected to be open on June 15th also. 

The store will take up a whopping 64,800 square foot, spread across two floors in part of the £75 million redevelopments of Barton Square in the Trafford Centre.

Kari Rodgers, director of sales – UK, North, said: “We are delighted to be opening our new store in the redeveloped Barton Square at intu Trafford Centre.

“We are looking forward to extending our offering of amazing fashion at amazing prices along with exciting in-store experiences to the people of Manchester and the surrounding areas.”

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The retailer will be following strict guidelines that include:

  • Limits on the number of shoppers in the store at one time
  • Clear distancing signage
  • Every other till open
  • Hand sanitiser at entrances
  • Face masks and gloves provided to shoppers
  • Perspex screens at tills 
  • High frequency cleaning on touchpoints

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Sales of up to 70% at New Look, H&M, John Lewis and M&S when the high street reopens

Huge post-lockdown sales…

Alex Watson



Some of the top high street shops are expected to have huge sales to shift stock post lockdown. 

Many high street stores are preparing to reopen after being shut for months, and are expected to return with massive savings of up to 70% off. 

Online sales have already started at many stores including John Lewis, Debenhams, New Look, H&M, M&S and Next. 

These online sales are expected to continue in-store once reopen.

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According to The Sun, retail analysts are predicting discounts of up to 70% throughout July, August and September.

Currently, Debenhams and Next have 50% off home stock, while New Look is offering 60% off some items. 

Last month, it was reported Primark would have a post-lockdown ‘bumper sale’ after accruing £1.5billion unsold stock. 

Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Sophie Lund-Yates told the Mirror: “When Primark was ordered to shut its doors mountains of inventory was already on its way, ready to replenish stores which are in hibernation.

“For consumers this could mean bumper sales when shops reopen, as sales stickers are one of the quickest ways to shift excess items.”

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