Thousands come to Wildings Newport sale

QUEUES: Some of the 3,000 shoppers who came to Newport's Wildings store for their sale today

QUEUES: Some of the 3,000 shoppers who came to Newport's Wildings store for their sale today

First published in News

MORE than 3,000 shoppers poured into Newport’s oldest department store as it began its clearance sale today.

Hundreds of shoppers queued outside the doors of Wildings and more than 3,000 entered its doors, according to managing director Peter James.

In May, Wildings department store which has traded in Newport since 1874, is having a £140,000 store refurbishment in a bid to invest rather than shut down. But before they can close, the store has to clear £380,000 worth of stock.

Mr James said: “It’s exceeded expectations. We are absolutely delighted and grateful for the support we have seen from our customers.

“There’s been a wonderful atmosphere. People are pleased it is a refurbishment sale not a closing down sale.”

Karen Tinsley from Newport was one of those queuing this morning. She said: “I got there about 9.50am. There was already about 100 people queuing.

Mrs Tinsley bought a half price pillow as well as home cooking ware.

“We did it floor by floor and by the time we got back down to the ground floor it was heaving.”

There are reductions of up to 70 per cent across all store departments and Mr James assured people that stock would be replenished from their warehouse on a daily basis.

Yesterday and today are private sales days for family and friends of those invited, but the store will be open to the general public from tomorrow and continue for three weeks.

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10:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

Wrong yet again Argus the store isn't open to the public until Friday.
Wrong yet again Argus the store isn't open to the public until Friday. Foxyboy3rd
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5:41pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Magor says...

Seems a bit odd when Debenhams are due,maybe they know different.
Seems a bit odd when Debenhams are due,maybe they know different. Magor
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10:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Littlewing says...

Foxyboy3rd wrote:
Wrong yet again Argus the store isn't open to the public until Friday.
It was an invitation only sale on the 9th and 10th then open to everyone else on the 11th. everyone with a invite got entered into a prizedraw.
[quote][p][bold]Foxyboy3rd[/bold] wrote: Wrong yet again Argus the store isn't open to the public until Friday.[/p][/quote]It was an invitation only sale on the 9th and 10th then open to everyone else on the 11th. everyone with a invite got entered into a prizedraw. Littlewing
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