This was my first ever experience of a Mothercare, 5 years ago when I first found out I was pregnant and went on a spender-bender!
I've been back to this and to many other Mothercares many many times, but I still think this is by far the best.
For starters, it's huge! There are two floors, with baby and nursery goods on the ground floor and older kids and toys on the mezzanine. The decor is spot-on, with lots of interesting things to keep little ones amused, and they have hit the spot with the toilets, breast-feeding areas and the likes. There's also a full Clarks footwear concession.
The Team Valley retail park that it is located on is also fab - lots of shops, plenty of parking, and just inches from the A1. Well worth travelling the few miles from the Metro Centre if you're just visiting the area for a day's shopping.
Mothercare as a brand is variable - generally their own-make stuff is really good quality, and there are some good prices on certain items (I got a full travel system for £110 including seat base and loads of accessories - best one I've ever had too!), but many other things are totally overpriced, and I don't know how they can stay in the market for things like baby clothes when comparable quality stuff is available in Asda or even Primark for a fraction of the price.
But it's still the first port of call for most ladies of a certain condition, and I hope it always will be. It's a bit of a British institution, and deservedly so.
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