Crowds flock to first store openings
The Orchard Centre welcomed the first new stores to its fantastic expansion scheme and hundreds of visitors came from town and country to their opening day.
The stores offered discounts, freebies and samples and people queued outside TK Maxx, Boots and H&M to collect balloons and goody bags.
The Orchard Centre ran free yoga sessions by local yoga teachers and these will continue every day, except Sundays and Good Friday, from now until April 7. Numbers are limited however, so please check the Events page on our website for further details.
Children and adults also played on the interactive window display which played train and animal noises at the touch of a hand.
H&M hosted an in-store DJ and the first 200 customers in the queue on launch day received an exclusive goodie bag, while all customers who joined the queue before 11am received a 25 per cent discount wristband to redeem against their entire purchase that day. Staff also entertained scores of shoppers at the opening with a flash dance outside the store.
TK Maxx provided funky pedicabs which took customers to their chosen destination on the park.
Boots celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony as did Starbucks, H&M, Boots and TKMaxx.
Starbucks offered sample drinks in the morning with coffee tastings taking place during the day and Pop Up Didcot hosted a range of exciting pop up stores and events and PopUp Business School will be open from 10am to 3pm and will be open from 10am to 1pm on March 23 with a free five-day course showing practical ways to get a business idea off the ground..
Costa Coffee joins the line up at Orchard Centre on Thursday, March 29 and we look forward to announcing the next phase of openings, including the new Nando’s restaurant, in the coming months.
A few pictures from the opening day