AS the £9 million Food Court refurbishment at intu Lakeside nears completion, designer footwear and clothing store Footasylum has joined the centre, with L’Occitane and Hugo Boss relocating and signing new leases. Footasylum has opened next to lolaandgrace on level two, L’Occitane has moved to a new location opposite the Champagne bar and Hugo Boss will re-open in its new level two location later this month.
THE SECOND Grays Street Festival is set for this weekend. It is on this Saturday from 12-4pm in Grays High Street and it is all free of charge.
TO mark Children’s Book Week (30th June – 4th July), intu Lakeside and IKEA are asking children to put pencil to paper and design the best bedroom to read books in – and they could win the chance to see their fantasy become a reality. Whether they’re inspired by JK Rowling’s magical Harry Potter stories or the topsy-turvy Wonderland from Lewis Carroll’s Alice, their imaginations can truly soar as they design the bedroom of their dreams.
THE tour, presented at intu venues around the UK – including intu Lakeside from 5th May to 1st June 2014 – has been a first in so many ways, with a mission to raise lasting awareness through art of the future of the Asian elephant. More than 8,000 people have submitted design ideas, 75 schools have created half sized elephants that have joined the tour, a digital show reel has taken the art online and many people have taken part in live painting workshops with UK tour artists. The exposition has justifiably been referred to many times as ‘the people’s parade,’ having connected directly with many millions of people.
AMID positive news today from the Office of National Statistics showing that unemployment has fallen across the UK, intu has released a report which show its centres’ employment figures and economic contribution. intu’s Economic Contribution Report, conducted by Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, reveals that intu Lakeside is one of the region’s biggest employers, delivering 6,249 jobs, accounting for 9% of the region’s total employment.
TO celebrate the start of summer, intu Lakeside is throwing a party on 7th and 8th June – and everyone’s invited. Whether you’re into live music, tasty treats, family fun or interactive experiences, the FREE intu Lakeside Summer Party has something for everyone.
THE store at intu Lakeside Shopping Centre re-launched this morning (Thursday, May 29) and now offers customers in Thurrock and the wider Essex area even more shopping options across fashion, beauty, homeware and food, with the addition of a new Beauty department, increased fashion ranges, and a brand new café.
“NO Ordinary Chicken!” is Delroy Dixon’s tag line for the launch of his Caribbean Soul Food concept Rhythm Kitchen at intu Lakeside. And ordinary is by far the last word you would associate with the tasty and deliciously marinated Jerk Chicken, BBQ ribs and Braised Oxtail he has on offer. Inspired by his Jamaican mother’s recipes Dixon serves authentic yet modern Caribbean food that ‘fills ya belly’. A first in Essex, according to the passionate chef.
THURROCK’S very own, Celebrity Big Brother winner, Rylan Clark came to intu Lakeside on Monday afternoon to unveil ‘Sparky the Elephant. As you can see from our film, Rylan was overcome with joy at seeing for the first time, the completed version of Sparky.
INTU Lakeside is once again making shopping more accessible for students by inviting them to enjoy big discounts and free entertainment at its second Student Night. Between 5pm and 10pm on Wednesday 30th April, students will be able to scoop up exclusive discounts from over 70 of intu Lakeside’s shops and restaurants, over 20 more than during last October’s event.
THURROCK has had some interesting visitors over the last few weeks in the form of decorative elephant statues on their way to intu Lakeside. These beautiful hand painted elephants are part of a 30-strong herd that is making its way across Essex to the shopping centre in Thurrock.
SINCE the final of Elite Model Look, May Bell has been busy juggling exams and modelling. She has been working with Topshop and Stella McCartney and shooting with i-D magazine, Wonderland and Ponystep with photographers such as Ellen Von Unwerth and Letty Schmiterlow. You can also see her beautiful face in this month’s Topshop Prom campaign! May will be joining the team on the 11th so shoppers will be able meet her and quiz her on how to be an Elite supermodel.
THE public spaces will host an exciting events programme which may include farmers’ and Christmas markets, street theatre, music shows and live screenings of big sporting events throughout the year. The spaces can also be used to host some of intu’s events which have a strong point of difference to those you may find at other shopping centres, such as Everyone’s Invited which works with the local community to showcase talents within the arts.
INTU, the UK’s biggest shopping centre brand, launched a campaign to celebrate mums up and down the country by encouraging shoppers to take to Twitter. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, intu Lakeside is hoping to find out why shoppers believe they have the very best mum and all the reasons that they love them.
INTU, which owns the Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock, has more than doubled pre-tax profit following a year when it “advanced significantly”.
Intu posted a pre-tax profit of £362.9m for the year to 31 December 2013 – up from £152.6m a year earlier. The rise followed a revaluation of its estate.
THE UK’s number one children’s author, David Walliams, visited Thurrock last week for an exclusive storytelling session with members of the intu Lakeside kids club. Reading from his bestselling children’s books Ratburger, Demon Dentist and The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David’s visit marked the launch of the shopping centre’s charity partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
ORIGINALLY designed as a one-month venture to coincide with the introduction of the shopping centre’s new intu brand (which features the same shade of bright orange), the bus proved to be so popular with people in the local area that intu Lakeside made the decision to keep it on the road for much longer. Its ownership was also kept a mystery until now so it could continue to serve as a fun conversation starter rather than becoming part of the centre’s wider advertising strategy.
intu Lakeside’s youngest ever shopper was born yesterday when her mother went into labour in the shopping centre and gave birth at approximately 5pm on a cordoned off section of the mall. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, baby Deborah was born with the support of intu Lakeside security officer Maggie Webb and the team, before being taken to hospital for a full check-up.
STAFF from intu Lakeside dug out their tools and gardening gloves and lent a hand on a construction project in Canvey Island to create a new community space within a social housing estate. intu Lakeside also donated £3,000 to Cash for Kids, the Magic 105.4 charity coordinating the project, to develop the ‘Pocket Play’ area. […]
INTU Lakeside announced what’s hot on the nation’s Christmas list this year, after asking its shoppers to take to Twitter as part of the very first digital ‘twishlist’. Maintaining the technology theme, the search found that the tech savvy shoppers most want an iPad 2 this Christmas, allowing them to enjoy all their favourite entertainment on the go.
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IN order to tackle the problem, over the next 8 to 10 weeks bin crews and Council officers will be carrying out more random bin checks. Where contaminated recycling is discovered, the bin will not be emptied but an advisory hanger placed on it to remind people of what they can and cannot recycle.
THE centre will welcome shoppers for even longer from Monday 2nd December, remaining open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am to 10pm on Saturdays. Longer opening hours mean intu Lakeside shoppers can visit the centre’s 250+ shops, cafes and restaurants (including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Apple, Superdry and Primark) truly at their convenience, while enjoying new ones such as 360 Champagne & Cocktails and Lakeland, too.
DURING the first two weeks of December, and in no more than 140 characters, intu shoppers will be asked to take to Twitter and reveal, using #Twishlist, what they would most like to receive on the 25th December, via @intuLakeside. Their Christmas Twishlist can include gifts that are available at intu shopping centres across any category (including travel, fashion, beauty, garden, home and technology), online at intu.co.uk and can include Twishes for friends and family too.
ESSEX Police and intu Lakeside are once again working together to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience is had by all that visit the centre in the run up to Christmas. Operation Christmas Presence launched today and will see extra officers working closely with the intu Lakeside security team on patrols at key times of the day to deter anyone intent on committing crime and ensure that criminals do not visit the area during the busy shopping period.