Shoppers scoop bags of bargains as new budget store opens in Havant town centre

Bargain Buys officially opens in the Meridian Shopping Centre, Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (080319-1366)
Bargain Buys officially opens in the Meridian Shopping Centre, Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (080319-1366)
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SHOPPERS sunk their teeth into cheap deals as a new budget store opened its doors. 

Bosses at Bargain Buys enjoyed a bumper first day in the Meridian Centre in Havant on Friday when they welcomed swathes of people itching to make a purchase. 

Ben Robinson, from Havant, who won a 5 off voucher at the opening of Bargain Buys in the Meridian Centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (080319-1369)

Ben Robinson, from Havant, who won a 5 off voucher at the opening of Bargain Buys in the Meridian Centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (080319-1369)

John and Diane Murray, who took their two-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Alexander, walked away happy – with a range of household goods and a children’s toy. 

‘We were actually out in the park but we heard a DJ by the Meridian Centre, so we followed the noise and saw the shop had just opened,’ said John, 75, from Havant. 

‘We ended up buying a few things in the end. 

‘It’s awful to see there’s a lot closing down lately, so to see a store breathe some new life is exactly what we need.’ 

Theresa Stirling, also from Havant, poked her head inside to ‘see what the shop was selling’. 

She may well have been one of the top customers of the day. 

‘I came out with eight carrier bags full of stuff – there was lots of variety,’ the 56-year-old said. 

‘They actually gave me a voucher for £5 off, which I wasn't expecting. I’ll definitely be going back.’ 

The opening followed the launch of a Bargain Buys store in London Road, North End, in November.