The first look inside Wales‘ huge Trago Mills store before it opens. The discount store is opening its first Welsh branch – and it is massive.
It’s been 18 months in the making but now famous discount retailer, Trago Mills , is almost ready to welcome customers to its new Welsh store.
But the word ‘store’ seems almost like an understatement, as this site, which opens today (Saturday, April 21) is massive.
It’s almost like a shopping holiday camp, only without the accommodation. A shopping resort of sorts.
Nearly the size of five football pitches inside, it took about four minutes to walk from one end of the shop to the other. It’s hard to realise just how vast this site is without stepping inside.
Costing around £65 million, the main shop takes up a 30,250 square metre building and bosses say that its creation has made 350 jobs for retail, catering, warehousing, security and administrative staff.
The new Merthyr Tydfil location is an imposing site, complete with turrets (or Trago towers, as they’re known) and the external perimeter of the building measures in at one mile.
And the juggernaut shopping destination has car parking spaces for more than 1,200 vehicles.
It’s the family-run business’ first foray outside of Cornwall and Devon and it’s now the company’s second biggest site.
Trago owner, Bruce Robertson, said: “I am delighted that the store will finally open tomorrow, as I sometimes have to slap myself to remember that it was as long ago as 1990 when Trago received its original planning approval for a retail store in Pentrebach, and from where the development was subsequently transferred to Swansea Road.
“Back then there was no Cyfarthfa Retail Park, so it is fortuitous that there will now be the irresistible combination of that – Cyfarthfa, plus Trago’s unique value proposition within a stone’s throw of the town centre, an inclusive and complementary shopping offer that will doubtless attract custom from far and wide. It has been a long haul, but better late than never.”
Opening at 9am, the new Swansea Road store will be holding launch day festivities and former Welsh rugby star Jonathan Davies will be there to cut the ribbon and welcome the first customers.
Trago opening day giveaways
The first person in the queue will receive £100 in Trago gift vouchers
The next two people will receive £50 in Trago gift vouchers
The next 10 people will get £20 in Trago vouchers
And the next 20 after that will get £10 in Trago gift vouchers
There’s also a free Hedstrom swing set and a Plum Products see-saw up for grabs to the first family through the day for a taster session in the Play-Zone@Trago.
They sell all sorts of items.
From kitchenware to actual kitchens, as well as beds, carpets, toys, and everyday household items. There’s a sporting goods section, DIY goods, a space packed with clothing, a musical instruments aisle and even a garden centre. You name it, they probably sell it.
And, according to Trago, some of the products could have up to 80% off the RRP.
The only thing you won’t be able to do there is your weekly shop. For everything else, they’ve got you covered.
And if you’re struggling to find anything, they’ll even be giving out little maps of the gigantic store.
The new store will offer over 200,000 products across 38 departments but it’s not just a hub for discount deals – there’s also a number of units on the site set aside for independent traders.
At the piazza in the store’s main entrance, they are 11 units which will be occupied by small food outlets, bakeries and a hairdresser, as well as a tourist information centre.