Fifty minute queues as Harrogate’s first pound shop opens

Photo credit: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com
Photo credit: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

Crowds of shoppers flocked to Harrogate’s first pound shop’s grand opening yesterday, forcing the manager to order more stock.

“I’ve had to reschedule a delivery I was due to get on Saturday to tomorrow now,” said store manager, Mandy Price.

“We thought it would be busy but nothing like this.”

Some people waited in till queues for up to 50 minutes at it’s busiest.

Mrs Price added: “People have been queuing since 10am, they are still queuing now and it’s nearly closing time.

“We have apologised to customers and been as quick as we can with all tills open.

“I am expecting this Saturday to be very busy too, and for the next few weeks but it will probably settle down a bit.”

Yesterday was Mandy’s third Poundworld opening as store manager having previously opened shops at Scunthorpe and Leeds.

“This is by far the busiest first day I have ever seen,” Mrs Price said.

As the team were expecting it to be busy they have brought in staff from other stores, bringing the total number of shop workers from 17 to 24 for the first day.

“I must say the staff have been great working really hard.”

Stuart Witham, 21, from East Parade, Harrogate was one of 17 new employees at the Victoria Centre branch.

He said: “It was a bit chaotic at the start of the day but it’s better now.

“I did a weeks trial at the Leeds shop then stocked this place so it wasn’t quite my first day.

“This shop something Harrogate wanted, there has been a lot of excitement for the first day.”

Area manager Steve Perkins said the feedback from customers had been ‘amazing’.

“I’ve been told so many times, ‘this is what Harrogate needed.’”

He added: “The seasonal good and wrapping paper have been selling really well, as have the sweets.

“It has been an absolutely fantastic day.”

One shopper Steven Riley said: “This is going to make a big difference to the Victoria Centre, it has got to increase footfall.

“I just bought some cat food, but the guy in front of me spent £60.”

Christine Bevan from Bilton had mainly been stocking up sweets.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock at first to think that Harrogate would have a pound shop.

“But I thought I’d come down and see what it is like and it’s good for things like sweets and toys for children.”

Vicky Ayrton who works at Next visited the shop twice in one day.

“First time I got a few bits and pieces like shampoos and toiletries, now I have come back fro some sweets.

“It’s the same stuff I would normally buy elsewhere just cheaper.”

Matthew Goodall, 25, said: “People have this perception that Harrogate is really posh, but now there is this and the Primark.

“It’s cheaper than other places so it makes sense to buy things here.”

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