Clacton Factory 0utlet...
Clacton Factory 0utlet has been through a number of titles since it first opened a couple of decades ago, which does rather illustrate the fact that it's never proved as popular as was intended, & that re-branding will sell it to a new clientele...
Alike many such 'out-of-town' shopping precincts, what was originally named Clacton Common Factory Shopping Village, was built in response to the 1990's fad for retail outlet, built in the middle of nowhere...
This 1 was set up on land originally intended for the Sladbury's Lane Industrial Estate, another local enterprise that never really took off as was hoped, leaving a lot of vacant plots, now turned into a car park & precinct...
Roadsigns as faraway as Dovercourt, give directions to this site, so I suppose it's being advertised on the Continent, in the hope of attracting shoppers from the ferries?
Not a 'shopaholic' myself, I fail to understand the attraction of these sites, although the 1 on the outskirts of Clacton is supposed to be full of bargains, but then, don't they all say that?
The only feature of note about the site is the architecture, which looks as if it has been copied from Legoland - most mysterious...
Unique Suggestions: Look at the architecture & ask yourself was it inspired by Lego cowboy town building set?
Fun Alternatives: If you're in another town centre, then stay there!
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