Shop n' drop: Retail in Blackpool
Blackpool has a vast array of shops that our group never gets to see as we only come down for a long weekend. I think to get the best out of Blackpool a week might do, then it would probably be expensive. Some of the shops listed in Blackpool are:
The Works (books) Blacks
Waterstones Booksellers Ltd Co-op Pharmacy
CLC Bookshop Moss Pharmacy
W H Smith Ltd Lloyds Pharmacy
The Bounty (antiques) Adams Childrenswear
Completely Crafty! Discount Wallpaper
Bags Of Style (luggage shop Barrett's DIY
The Body Shop Blockbuster (video’s & DVD’s)
Savers PLC Choices Video
Bodycare Marks & Spencer
Loveladys Handmade Soap Wilkinson
Jessops Bhs Ltd
Millets Woolworths PLC
Matalan PLC Peacocks Stores
Poundland Poundstretcher Ltd
Flowers 2 Go Tesco Stores
United Co-op Late Shop Cobblers To You (shoes obviously)
Timpson Ltd Shoe Zone
Barratt Shoes The Pine Tree (furnishings)
Whittles Jewellers O2 Store
Carphone Warehouse T-Mobile (UK) Retail Ltd
The Violin Shop (for people on the fiddle)
Fleetwood Post Office
Sue Ryder Care Oxfam
Barnardos P D S A
Scope RSPCA Charity Shop
Golf Discount Centre J D Sports
J J B Sports Allsports
Early Learning Centre Gamestation
What to buy: There's two shopping centres in Blackpool, one of them is called Hounds Hill. Hounds Hill Shopping Centre is in the middle of Blackpool just next to the Blackpool Tower & one minute from the main Blackpool esplanade. Blackpool is the 2nd biggest retail centre in Lancashire, located 29 km (18 miles) from its adjacent rival. It has a big core shopping populace of over 150,000. Hounds Hill is the only covered shopping centre in the town, positioned at the heart of the major retail area & held by the town's multi-storey car parks. Visited by 9.8 million people.
Some of the stores in the centre are:
Café Centro Café
Card Warehouse Gifts/Cards
Clinton Cards Gifts/Cards
Country Larder Café
What to pay: Look round and you can find some real bargains
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
The Coronation Rock Company: Wide Variety of the Best Rock
The Coronation Rock Company was founded in 1927, they sell rock throughout the UK, in Europe, The Canary and Balearic Islands and as far away as Australia. They make rock for loads of different companys and they make THE best rock. They wil let you visit the factory and see the rock being made, you don't need an appointment just call in. (it's near the airport)
the shop is at the back of the Tower.
What to buy: Errrr Rock
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Blackpool Town centre has been fully designed to offer a selection of shops and boasts most of the major retail names. The recent development of the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre has added another feature to shopping with undercover arcades and pedestrial ways to make your shopping trip a pleasure. Also Blackpool is famous of "cheap shopping" with plastic hats, masks, and costiumes for hens nights. But if you looking for realy good shopping better go to Preston. Also remember that Blackpool is very seasonal. On Illumination all prices are going up. Unfortunately after the season Blackpool is like a ghost town. Most of the shops are closed down
various gift / novelty shop all along the front: Kiss me quick hats
Despite Blackpool's council campaign to gentrify Britain's most vulgar town, they wanted to get rid of its image as the heartland of edible knickers and kiss-me-quick hats. You will still find them in plentiful supply.
The council initiative is called a "quality management initiative" and it aims to turn Blackpool into a "high quality, customer-focused destination attractive to families and all groups". What utter cobblers. Be proud of what you are - be bold, be brash be a chav.
Show your support and rejection of this management speak rubbish - buy a good old-fashioned ' Kiss me quick' hat - but be prepared for people to take you advertising seriously - it's all part of the fun.
various: Natural home of a saucy postcard
They used to sell in their thousands. Cheeky or saucy type postcards owe much to the cheeky chappy / carry on films / ooh matron days of the 1950's and 60's
If you've never seen them before, they could best be described as ''smutty" rather than anything else.
Derek Bamforth, who used to publish thousands of them until 1990 once explained the success of the cards.
He said: "We never publish anything obscene, we know where to draw the line. But the more vulgar the card, the better it sells."
At their height the mother-in-law, dumb blonde and other cards sold over 16 million a year.
Blackpool is really their natural home, so send one today. You wont find Bamfords any more, but other firms carry on the tradition.
- Arts and Culture
Every one of them: Blackpool Rock
Along the promenade every building that isn't a hotel sells Blackpool Rock - the traditional candy souvenir from Blackpool. These shops were the tackiest souvenir shops I have ever seen I think.
What to buy: Colourful Blackpool Rock, sticky fudge and in summer candy floss I bet.
What to pay: Special Rock (with names etc) is around 1 Pound a piece. Normal small ones you can get for less.
- Theme Park Trips
Tacky, Cheap and Cheerfull
The shops range from proper department stores to little cramped shops and even just people walking the streets with holdalls.
What to buy: Blackpool is home to the tacky souvenier, from the sugar teeth right through to the famous Kiss Me Quick Hat it can be bought here. During the Summer months you will see hoardes of people walking around wearing silly hats, with funny slogans, various wigs and masks and fancy dress costumes, which can all be bought from one of the many seafront shops.
At night time the fluroescent gifts come out, from Yo-Yo`s that light up when they spin to glo sticks and anything else that lights up.
Beware your kids will want at least one of everything and will seriously damage your bank balance only to see that they stop working by the time you board the coach back home.
What to pay: You get what you pay for in Blackpool, although a lot of the souveniers are overpriced they aren`t of a very good quality.
Rock: Bahhhhh Humbug!!!
Nearly every shop in Blackpool will sell rock of some discription.
And you should take some home, cos everyone does, in the forms of : dummies, eggs and bacon, black and white humbugs, rock in jars, pink rock, green rock, yellow rock and striped rock. You can get almost anything made out of rock these days ( some are a little distastful and not for children may I add )
What to pay: ? 1.00 and upwards
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