TK Maxx scrum! 300 people flock to store at Basildon retail park

TK Maxx scrum!

TK Maxx scrum!

First published in News

HUNDREDS of shoppers swarmed to get bargains as TK Maxx opened its doors.

More than 300 people flocked to Pipps Hill Retail Park, in Basildon, from 6am on Thursday.

Doors were finally opened at 9am, with a stampede of shoppers welcomed with a £10 gift card to spend.

Maureen Goldsmith, of Princess Close, Billericay, was the first in. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers and got to cut the ribbon with Basildon mayor Mo Larkin.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “I’m their biggest fan. I got down here at 6.15am because TK Maxx is my addiction. It’s what cigarettes and alcohol are to everyone else.!

“I’m going to be down here all the time because previously I had to travel all the way to Chelmsford and Lakeside.”

Philomena Arthur, of Lee Chapel North, decided at the last minute to queue up while she was on her way to work.

She said: “I always used to shop in the Basildon TK Maxx when they had a store in the Eastgate Centre, but it closed in 2008.

“When I heard they were coming back here, and the store was going to be this big, I was so excited.”

Interest was such, the queuing shoppers took more than 15 minutes to get into the store yesterday.

Customers emerged after their shopping “fix” weighed down with bags of goodies.

Sarah Davidson, 41, from Laindon, brought along her daughter Brooke, 16, before their family holiday to pick up some last-minute buys.

Mrs Davidson said: “I managed to get a pair of dungarees for £2.99 after I used my £10 giftcard. TK Maxx is just fantastic.”

Interior designer Jaynie Flowers, 42, of Mountnessing Road, Billericay, picked up a golden snake, artificial flowers, an ornamental deer and a vase. But she joked: “Now I have no idea what I’m going to do with it all!”

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2:53pm Sun 24 Aug 14

emcee says...

It really beggars belief. People with very little else going on with their lives that they feel the need to queue for hours, all in order to get a £10 discount.

Quote Mrs Goldsmith: “I’m their biggest fan. I got down here at 6.15am because TK Maxx is my addiction. It’s what cigarettes and alcohol are to everyone else.!"

Hmmm... Says it all really.
It really beggars belief. People with very little else going on with their lives that they feel the need to queue for hours, all in order to get a £10 discount. Quote Mrs Goldsmith: “I’m their biggest fan. I got down here at 6.15am because TK Maxx is my addiction. It’s what cigarettes and alcohol are to everyone else.!" Hmmm... Says it all really. emcee
  • Score: 35

3:53pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Maddogg says...

Nothing better than a jumped up indoor bootsale. Pity the peasants that waste their lives queuing up for that tat.
Nothing better than a jumped up indoor bootsale. Pity the peasants that waste their lives queuing up for that tat. Maddogg
  • Score: 19

4:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

ekcoanarak says...

Maddogg wrote:
Nothing better than a jumped up indoor bootsale. Pity the peasants that waste their lives queuing up for that tat.
An "Interior Designer" picked up a golden snake and an ornamental deer................
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Perhaps they could help me with some ideas for my house, I"ve been wondering about getting some Stone Cladding and maybe putting an old Cartwheel on the side of my building, anyone know where I can find a nice Satellite Dish with Amstrad/Fidelity on it.
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Nothing better than a jumped up indoor bootsale. Pity the peasants that waste their lives queuing up for that tat.[/p][/quote]An "Interior Designer" picked up a golden snake and an ornamental deer................ .................... .... Perhaps they could help me with some ideas for my house, I"ve been wondering about getting some Stone Cladding and maybe putting an old Cartwheel on the side of my building, anyone know where I can find a nice Satellite Dish with Amstrad/Fidelity on it. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 25

4:30pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Misspelt the 3rd word in the headline.

One too many r's
Misspelt the 3rd word in the headline. One too many r's Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Sun 24 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Philomena Arthur, of Lee Chapel North, decided at the last minute to queue up while she was on her way to work.

I'll bet her boss was pleased. "Sorry I'm late, a shop opened so I had to queue to get in rather than come to work"
Philomena Arthur, of Lee Chapel North, decided at the last minute to queue up while she was on her way to work. I'll bet her boss was pleased. "Sorry I'm late, a shop opened so I had to queue to get in rather than come to work" stopmoaning1
  • Score: 20

6:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Cool, I hope they got some bargains and spent some quality time together over the bank holiday, although I admit, I could not think of anything worse than shopping.
Cool, I hope they got some bargains and spent some quality time together over the bank holiday, although I admit, I could not think of anything worse than shopping. supermadmax
  • Score: 1

8:44am Mon 25 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

I detest clothes shopping in stores, malls, retail parks and high street, preferring instead, the relative peace and quiet of the internet and a cup of coffee and there is no way I would ever queue for anything shopping orientated. I spend my life avoiding queues.

However, if others want to spend their time being elbowed, pushed and shoved just to save a bit of money, let them. It's not my bag but I don't condemn others for doing it.

I save money permanently by buying off the internet, mainly Amazon, Etsy and Ebay where I get genuine bargains, many postage free. I get some fantastic things at a fraction of the price and people often ask where I got them from.

I often get stuff I'd otherwise buy from the high street, by finding it cheaper online. Things like toiletries and cosmetics.

I have only ever been in a T K Maxx once. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that a lot of the stuff is designer/label. Again, I'm not really into such things because chances are there are are fifty million others wearing it.

Give me the relative peace, anonymity, wide choice and ease of the internet any day of the week.

When I do feel like shopping it's usually smaller places. Rayleigh is great but I love to have a day out sometimes somewhere like Rye, Sussex, where I can combine the experience with a bit of history and culture.

I can't get away from shopping malls quick enough.
I detest clothes shopping in stores, malls, retail parks and high street, preferring instead, the relative peace and quiet of the internet and a cup of coffee and there is no way I would ever queue for anything shopping orientated. I spend my life avoiding queues. However, if others want to spend their time being elbowed, pushed and shoved just to save a bit of money, let them. It's not my bag but I don't condemn others for doing it. I save money permanently by buying off the internet, mainly Amazon, Etsy and Ebay where I get genuine bargains, many postage free. I get some fantastic things at a fraction of the price and people often ask where I got them from. I often get stuff I'd otherwise buy from the high street, by finding it cheaper online. Things like toiletries and cosmetics. I have only ever been in a T K Maxx once. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that a lot of the stuff is designer/label. Again, I'm not really into such things because chances are there are are fifty million others wearing it. Give me the relative peace, anonymity, wide choice and ease of the internet any day of the week. When I do feel like shopping it's usually smaller places. Rayleigh is great but I love to have a day out sometimes somewhere like Rye, Sussex, where I can combine the experience with a bit of history and culture. I can't get away from shopping malls quick enough. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -16

10:06am Mon 25 Aug 14

Kursaal76 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I detest clothes shopping in stores, malls, retail parks and high street, preferring instead, the relative peace and quiet of the internet and a cup of coffee and there is no way I would ever queue for anything shopping orientated. I spend my life avoiding queues.

However, if others want to spend their time being elbowed, pushed and shoved just to save a bit of money, let them. It's not my bag but I don't condemn others for doing it.

I save money permanently by buying off the internet, mainly Amazon, Etsy and Ebay where I get genuine bargains, many postage free. I get some fantastic things at a fraction of the price and people often ask where I got them from.

I often get stuff I'd otherwise buy from the high street, by finding it cheaper online. Things like toiletries and cosmetics.

I have only ever been in a T K Maxx once. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that a lot of the stuff is designer/label. Again, I'm not really into such things because chances are there are are fifty million others wearing it.

Give me the relative peace, anonymity, wide choice and ease of the internet any day of the week.

When I do feel like shopping it's usually smaller places. Rayleigh is great but I love to have a day out sometimes somewhere like Rye, Sussex, where I can combine the experience with a bit of history and culture.

I can't get away from shopping malls quick enough.
thanks for sharing useless information that no one cares about.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I detest clothes shopping in stores, malls, retail parks and high street, preferring instead, the relative peace and quiet of the internet and a cup of coffee and there is no way I would ever queue for anything shopping orientated. I spend my life avoiding queues. However, if others want to spend their time being elbowed, pushed and shoved just to save a bit of money, let them. It's not my bag but I don't condemn others for doing it. I save money permanently by buying off the internet, mainly Amazon, Etsy and Ebay where I get genuine bargains, many postage free. I get some fantastic things at a fraction of the price and people often ask where I got them from. I often get stuff I'd otherwise buy from the high street, by finding it cheaper online. Things like toiletries and cosmetics. I have only ever been in a T K Maxx once. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that a lot of the stuff is designer/label. Again, I'm not really into such things because chances are there are are fifty million others wearing it. Give me the relative peace, anonymity, wide choice and ease of the internet any day of the week. When I do feel like shopping it's usually smaller places. Rayleigh is great but I love to have a day out sometimes somewhere like Rye, Sussex, where I can combine the experience with a bit of history and culture. I can't get away from shopping malls quick enough.[/p][/quote]thanks for sharing useless information that no one cares about. Kursaal76
  • Score: 22

10:15am Mon 25 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

The only thing you cant buy is dignity.
The only thing you cant buy is dignity. The King of Southend
  • Score: 8

2:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

from Kim Gandy,12 May on the news that TKMaxx is to open at Pipps Hill.

'Great news. More reasonably priced chain stores are needed. Anything that negates the need to go to the hellhole that is Lakeside is welcome, in my book.'

oh deary me.
from Kim Gandy,12 May on the news that TKMaxx is to open at Pipps Hill. 'Great news. More reasonably priced chain stores are needed. Anything that negates the need to go to the hellhole that is Lakeside is welcome, in my book.' oh deary me. cropped hero
  • Score: 12

3:25pm Mon 25 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

cropped hero wrote:
from Kim Gandy,12 May on the news that TKMaxx is to open at Pipps Hill.

'Great news. More reasonably priced chain stores are needed. Anything that negates the need to go to the hellhole that is Lakeside is welcome, in my book.'

oh deary me.
Hahahahahaha,

That political background, even she finds it hard keep up with all the rubbish she spouts
[quote][p][bold]cropped hero[/bold] wrote: from Kim Gandy,12 May on the news that TKMaxx is to open at Pipps Hill. 'Great news. More reasonably priced chain stores are needed. Anything that negates the need to go to the hellhole that is Lakeside is welcome, in my book.' oh deary me.[/p][/quote]Hahahahahaha, That political background, even she finds it hard keep up with all the rubbish she spouts stopmoaning1
  • Score: 12

8:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Popsiepop says...

Oh my, queueing for this jumble of a store. How sad.

£2.99 dungarees jeez!!!!!!!
Oh my, queueing for this jumble of a store. How sad. £2.99 dungarees jeez!!!!!!! Popsiepop
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Mon 25 Aug 14

imnotanimby says...

I completely misread this headline - I thought the Echo were being extra cruel towards the residents of Basildon!
I completely misread this headline - I thought the Echo were being extra cruel towards the residents of Basildon! imnotanimby
  • Score: 3
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