Advantages Cheaper than the high street , most things under one roof, parking on site (usually)
Disadvantages Can be messy and sometimes the staff are unhelpful
This was my very first review but I have decided to edit it a bit here and there as Matalan has been re-vamped and needed a bit more recommendation from yours truly. I was a bit hard on the store originally but now I can safely say its well worth joining.
The two things I am good at in life as my husband says is shopping and eating, so I hope these few words of wisdom help you in your quest to hunt out a bargain in the January sales.
SO WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
For those of you who haven't yet been there, it's a large warehouse style store. Inside the store I visit quite frequently (Hayes Middlesex), it has recently been re-fitted and though it's a long time coming, it has improved the store ten fold.
There is ample room for wheelchairs, buggies and prams to manoeuvre. One thing I like with Matalan is that you don't feel claustrophobic once inside.You can shop by basket or as I do, take a trolley. Baskets are no good to be honest unless you are very careful with your pennies and do not wish to over spend.
Most of the staff I have met are happy to help but of course there are a few that just don't give a damn if there are knickers in your size or not. At weekends the students work but they are the most polite and go out of they're way to pack your shopping with impeccable expertise.There are clothes upon clothes here, for all shapes and sizes. Each clothes section is divided up into male, female, children and home ware categories. Sizes for men go up to XXL and the women's section is petite, Mrs Average sized 12 and then the cuddly section going up to size 28. If I don't stick to a diet I'll be using that section soon ! Clothes are varied, from the distinguished dinner suits to the casual Addidas tracksuit bottoms.
The home section is very good in that sells everything from pillowcases, perfume, and lunch boxes to glass tumblers. You can even buy DVD's, they might not be the latest Block Buster movies but they are priced around £5.Usually the store is tidy but on a weekend it can resemble a car boot sale gone mad. Knickers are on the floor and kids lunch boxes everywhere. It doesn't look good and the staff should be more attentive. The customers are partly to blame as they should have more respect for the store and the items thrown so casually on the floor.
IS THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?
Yes, but previously the lighting was far from complementary. If you had an ounce or three of cellulite, you would shut your eyes until you have those jeans pulled over your hips.
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