As a mum of three i have spent a lot of time in Mothercare over the year's, I have brought all of my baby things there from pram's and cots to baby baths and baby clothes, Mothercare sells it all. I even remember visiting Mothercare as a small child with my mum many year's ago when it use to be in Newcastle's Eldon square. Mothercare is a shop that i have grown up with and a shop as a family with small children we genuinely love.
Mothercare have got a new CEO Mark Newton-Jones and they are having a bit of a company revamp at the moment and one of the things they have been doing is redesigning some of there stores and the huge Team Valley Gateshead store was one of the first to get a makeover.
So imagine my utter delight when i got an invite from the ever so lovely people at Mothercare to attend the official re-opening of the Team Valley store as one of there VIP bloggers! Oh and i would also get the chance to interview Myleene Klass who designs award winning children fashion range Babyk for Mothercare as she would be officially re-opening the store with CEO Mark Newton-Jones. Amazing!
I have only visited the Team Valley store once before as we are lucky and had two stores close to where we live one at the Silverlink and the now closed Kingston park store. When i visited the Team Valley store a few years ago it was rather bland and a bit dated if i am honest, and i was not expecting much of a difference i thought they might have rearranged the store a bit and maybe give it a lick of paint but oh how wrong i was!
The grand re-opening was at 10am and typically when leaving home with a baby and toddler in tow i was running late and then got stuck in traffic. But with just moments to spare we made it to the store just before 10 am and there was already a big line of mums and babies outside. As i was one of the VIP bloggers i got to sneak to the front of the line and enter the store before it was official opened to the public (sorry mums waiting outside in the cold)
All the staff were inside the store ready to greet the waiting customers as CEO Mark Newton-Jones addressed them and thanked them for all there hard work in transforming the store. And trust me what a transformation it is, it is such a huge store at 32.000 square feet and is the largest in the region and since the refurbishment it is so bright and spacious and well laid out- top marks to whoever designed it.
At exactly 10am the utterly gorgeous and ever so friendly Myleene Klass walked towards the front of the store where she and Mark cut the red ribbon over the entrance of the store as flashbulbs went of from the numerous photographers present. Myleene and Mark and the Mothercare staff then greeted all the customers as they came through the door , with Myleene crouching down to say hello to all the children - you can tell she is a mum, the children loved her. And the first 50 people through the door received a really lovely limited edition Edward bear and we were also kindly given a one for the children. We also kindly received a gift voucher to spend in store which after seeing the Babyk range i just had to spend on buying Sophia two gorgeous dresses.
Then it was time to explore the store and do some shopping. When entering the store on the left there is a huge pram display i have never seen so many prams and as a pramaholic i was in heaven! And on the right there was a rather impressive clothing section that stocks not only Mothercare baby clothes and award winning BabyK but also brands such as Mama and Papas , Joules, Polarn o Pyret and Converse. There was also a Clark's children shoe section too.
There is a nursery area stocking every nursery item you could possibly need including the new BabyK nursery range and a section at the back of the store where there was a huge range of well displayed Tommee Tippee products. We are huge Tommee Tippee fans in are house and not just because we live literally a five minute walk from Tommee Tippee head quarters but because there products are fabulous. I spoke to the really lovely and friendly Sarah from Tommee Tippee who showed me some of the exclusive Tommee Tippee products that you can only buy in Mothercare , such as the coloured nappy bins ( pink or blue) which were only £15.50 in store - bargain! and the oh so cute gingerbread Christmas bottle range ( they have a super cute storybook telling you about the range which you can check out) and which they have very kindly offered one of my readers to win - so get entering that rafflecopter below, i only wish i could enter myself as i am a little bit in love them.
The thing that i noticed in the store was just how well designed it is for us mums with prams, the aisles are wide so no bumping into things and it is so easy to navigate your way around the store with big clearly labelled signs hanging from the ceiling showing where each department is. There is a large lift in the centre of the store which can easily fit 2-3 prams in and takes you upstairs where there is a big early learning centre department full of fantastic toys. All the toys were nicely grouped together with baby toys at one end and older children toys at the other and even a little book corner with seating and proper bookshelf's and i could not resist buying Sophia some Happyland toys to add to her collection for Christmas.
And the best bits upstairs were Angelica's cafe , perfect for relaxing with a coffee and a cake after all the shopping you are sure to do in store. And there is a Jellybug's soft play area so your children can burn off some energy. And if you visit between now and Christmas there is a really lovely Santa grotto where children can visit Santa and his elf and receive a gift for just £4.50. I even noticed a baby bond baby ultrasound clinic upstairs too.There is toilet facilities downstairs near the entrance and what i liked about these was that there was a feeding room - no more feeding baby in the baby change! and there was male and female toilets that both had baby changing facilities in so dad can take baby to get changed too!
Overall i really loved the new look store and i have been telling everyone i know to go visit as there is just so many lovely things and with the addition of the cafe and soft play it is somewhere that you will enjoy shopping and want to keep returning too, i know that i will be returning as it is only a 20 minute drive from where i live. So if you are expecting a baby or you have a young child and live in the North east go pay the new Mothercare Team Valley a visit and i guarantee you will love it and are bound to find lots of great things to buy.
Make sure you keep an eye out for my exclusive interview with the lovely Myleene Klass and don't forget to enter the competition below to win the Tommee Tippee gift set just in time for Christmas.
One person can win a Tommee Tippee Gingerbread christmas gift set which contains two bottles and two soothers. The winner can pick the gift set in either pink or blue and it will be sent to them direct from Tommee Tippee . Open to Uk entrants only. Winner will be notified by e-mail after the closing date, the winner will have one week to claim the prize before another winner will be chosen at random
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