SHOPPERS in Workington were delighted this morning as major retailer TK Maxx opened in the town.

Crowds gathered outside of the new store located in the former Debenhams unit in the Washington Square Shopping Centre, with the doors opening at 10am this morning, October 12.

There were cheers from the long stretching queue as first customer, Lorraine Miles from Westfield, was invited to cut the ribbon celebrating the opening of the new shop, before customers piled in filling their trollies with bargains from the store.

News and Star: The shops first customer Lorraine Miles The shops first customer Lorraine Miles (Image: NQ staff)

Speaking to the Times & Star about what it was like to cut the ribbon, Lorraine said: “It’s brilliant, I love the shop and I just couldn’t wait to get down and have a look, they’ve got some nice stuff.

“When I had to cut the ribbon, I was a bit nervous, but yeah I was really, really happy, I wasn’t expecting it at all, not a bit.”

TK Maxx has signed a new 15-year lease for the ground and part first floors of the building, which has been vacant since Debenhams closed its doors in May 2020.

What do shoppers in Workington think of the new store?

News and Star: Lisa NixonLisa Nixon (Image: NQ staff)

Lisa Nixon

“It’s just fantastic, it’s something different, it will bring a lot of custom hopefully and a lot of employment too.

“I can’t wait to get inside! I really like TK Maxx, I always go to Carlisle so it’s good that it’s nearer.”

News and Star: Shirley Fisher Shirley Fisher (Image: NQ staff)

Shirley Fisher

“Great, absolutely great, it’s another shop that’s nice to go in and they have got absolutely everything... everything you need, they have got it.

“We need more shops like this don’t we? The more the merrier.”

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Laura Patton

“It’s really good. It’s an extra shop and bringing more jobs for people, especially after Wilkinsons has closed as well.

“Hopefully if they see that we have got TK Maxx now, big shops might want to come to Workington.”

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Lauryn Dunkley

“It’s nice to see some of the empty units getting made into something of use, hopefully this will attract more people to fill more units up so the town is thriving.

“I’ve never been to a TK Maxx before so we will have a look and see what I can find.”