One of the UK’s best-known value retailers, Matalan sells good quality fashion and homeware products at some of the most competitive prices in Britain. Matalan is known for a large range of clothing items for men, women and children of all ages, including jeans, tops and other causal wear - while it also supplies homeware products for each and every room in the home and even the garden too. This may involve decorative items or small-to-medium sized furniture.
Electrical appliances, lighting options and toys and games are just some of the other categories that you can expect to see at your local Matalan. As well as being able to shop at more than 200 branches of Matalan, they also sell their products online and will deliver all over the UK.
Matalan is generally found in shopping centers, retail parks, industrial estates and on the high street in most major cities and towns in the UK. In total there are around 227 branches of the popular budget retailer so most people in Britain will not be too far from a local establishment. Their simple yet effective logo will be instantly recognizable whether you are approaching on foot or in the car and many of their larger establishments will provide ample parking for their customers.
As for their business hours, Matalan opening times usually start in the morning at 9 AM from Monday until Saturday and will close at 8 PM apart from on Saturday when it closes slightly earlier at 7 PM. Matalan is usually open on Sundays as well with operating hours of between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM. If you wanted to visit the popular discount store on major holidays such as Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and over Easter on the Good Friday and Easter Monday, you should expect Matalan opening times to differ due to local and national regulations. However, instead of turning up to an empty car park, you can consult Matalan opening times near you easily by using the branch locator at opening-times.co.uk.
Matalan is fairly young compared to many other successful retail stores in the UK and this just shows how quickly it has grown. However, here are five things that not many people know about Matalan:
Utilizing a similar approach to the “stack it high, sell it low” budget retailers in the US, Matalan has become one of the leading value retailers on the streets of the UK. It stocks and sells a wide range of goods that are bought at the same prices as other major outlets but sold at a cheaper price.
Their clothing lines are probably the most popular category of products sold in the store with families often kitting themselves out on the cheap whether it is school uniforms, sportswear, casual wear or office wear. As for their homeware categories, customers are able to pick up good quality bedding, electrical appliances, tableware, cooking utensils and even toys and games for the kids.
Already known for offering fantastic prices, Matalan is also known for running regular sales and promotions in both their brick and mortar stores and at their online store.
Matalan was founded in 1985 by John Hargreaves, a man that had originally left school at 14 years old in order to join the navy. That goal never came to fruition so he decided to open a market stall in Preston. Hargreaves had a great eye for a bargain and quickly mastered the art of buying and selling at the right prices. He quickly built a network of market stalls before first dipping his toes into stores when he opened his first one called Jaymax in 1976. This would eventually lead to a chain of 30 stores that was bringing in a combined £10 million annually.
While already successful, Hargreaves it was 1985 when he decided to build a Walmart style store in the UK and it would be this chain of stores that would lead to incredible wealth. Within just 10 years the chain had expanded to 90+ stores, a number that has more than doubled in the years since.