Trago Mills operates 3 sites - near Bovey Tracey (Newton Abbot), Bodmin and Falmouth. From Plymouth the Bovey Tracey and Bodmin stores are roughly the same distance apart (both on / just off the A38), although travel wise Bovey Tracey is about 30 minutes compared to 45 for Bodmin.
Trago Mills is a very odd shop and sells clothing, bathrooms, furniture, stationery, cookware, musical instruments, diy items, curtains, carpets, books, guns, garden accessories, plants and motoring items. In fact, this isn't anywhere near what they sell, but is pretty much how the stores are laid out - a complete mess! They both also have attractive locations.
In saying that, if my wife or I cannot find a specific type of item (not brand) we can quite often rely on Trago to sell it - such as the sundae glasses we bought a few years ago for my wife to make my knickerbocker glory's that no one in Plymouth at the time were selling, and at a reasonable price of £2 each. Trago is like your modern day junk shop because there's always something there that people buy but hadn't actually thought about!
In the diy section they sell nails, screws, wood, fixtures, fittings, building materials - basically a range of products you'd expect to find in a small shop including a wide range of tools such as hammers, saws (both manual and electrical), screwdrivers etc. They also sell wall and floor tiles and other items such as wallpaper that may be slightly cheaper than everyday stores but in many cases are end of range so you are unlikely to get more with the same batch.
The range of motoring products includes air fresheners, oil, bulbs, car mats, sponges etc. In fact again their range is reasonable and similar to that you might find in a relatively extensive motoring section in a supermarket.
There is a range of cookery items from cutlery, crockery, glassware, pans, knives, electrical items such as (mixers, toasters, kettles), paper plates, serviettes etc. We bought a couple of heavy duty oven trays a couple of years ago from Trago for £4 each that were around half the price they were on sale for elsewhere, but they are not necessarily cheaper it is more the fact that everything is in one place - it might take you a few hours to find it but it is there!
In their sportswear section Trago sell snooker cues, tennis racquets, golf bags (and clubs), fishing gear, bicycles and air rifles among the items on sell. They also have a reasonable music section with guitars, saxophones and keyboards.
The clothing and footwear section tends to be more a suck it and see approach because items such as shoes have very few items in the size you really want and to be honest I still haven't found a pair of shoes or trainers that fit. Again, it suggests they are selling ends of range - but not always at end of range prices. The section is very bitty and often either the ladies or mens areas are woefully small.
There is a reasonable book section selling a range of fiction and non-fiction books at below recommended price - war, transport and children's are among those on offer. There is also a modest jewellery section selling a reasonable number of watches and other low end items and quite a few ornaments.
Other sections include:
Toys and games where you can buy games such as monopoly, construction kits (airfix etc), cuddly toys and puzzles
Home furnishings where you can buy curtains, cushions, bedding
Furniture where you can buy sofas, beds, tables and chairs, as well as other bedroom and lounge furniture
Bathrooms & kitchens
In fact it is no wonder they are so disorganised when you consider how much they sell!
The similarity between the Bovey Tracey and Bodmin stores ends there. Bovey Tracey is designed on one floor with a recently new extension for its gardening section and a rather impressive outside plant area which you can view from the road that takes you to the rear car park. It also has turrets on the roof which you can see from the A38 as you drive past the site. Bodmin on the other hand has a building set out over 3 floors in places.
Extras at Bovey Tracey include:
A shop selling seconds
Fruit and veg shop
Disability shop selling motability scooters and wheelchairs
Coop (small store)
Fish and chips and burgers
Extensive car park at front and rear
Coop (supermarket) - outside store
Petrol station - outside store
Trago's features at Bovey Tracey key features are the attractions many of which can be paid for as part of a ticket entitling you to one ride each that can be paid for at the model railway / arcade. Some can also be purchased using tokens from the park area. The attractions include gokarts, mini farm, mini rollercoaster, skating rink, bumper boats, power and trawler boats, an outside play area, train, drop slides, indoor play area and some smaller rides for toddlers
Extras at Bodmin include:
Fruit and veg shop
Plus there's also quite a few Peacocks that casually walk around the Bovey Tracey store and on our last visit to Bodmin a few rather large chickens wandering around the car park!
Apart from the shoddy layout what really puts me off Trago is the cardboard policeman that greets you as you enter both stores telling you how many shoplifters they'd caught so far that year and the security (particularly at Bodmin) that rechecks everything you'd bought in the store. If I visit the Bodmin store my key reason is to visit the butchers or as a trip out, similarly Bovey Tracey is for a quick trip out. Trago sell end of range products from a range of well known brands and not always at a price that bears this in mind. I certainly can't recommend them for price but you often find products that are no longer available elsewhere.
I cannot comment on their Falmouth store as I have never visited it, but I can only imagine it follows a similar layout.
Trago Mills, You hear mixed opinions of Trago, some people cant stand the thought others cant get away from the place.
I have lived near Trago all my life so have never has the issue of travelling to one, I have met people who come to Cornwall and make a special trip to visit Trago, this seems strange to me, its just a shop, however for those who dont pass it everyday itbecomes a whole day out. Therefore what trago means to you really is very different depending on if it is a local place or not.
Trago is more than just a shop, it is a whole, well im not sure what you would call it, a little town in one sense minus the housing.
Within the grounds there is obvisouly the main store which covers everything from (starting at the far end and working up) plants and gardens, pets, diy, tools, outdoor living equipment, motor supplies, musical instruments., the music section is small but there is always someone about if you have questions and usually some instruments you can try which is a nice bonus,.
In the centre of the store is a book shop, computer section and decorating which is found around the tills.
Further to the far end is larger stuff, carpets, roofing, wood, plumbing parts, fireplaces and so on.
There is also a second story containing, furniture, stationary, toiletries and cleaning supplies, clothing for men women, children and workwear, footwear for the same, travel cases etc and toys.
The main store covers almost anything you can think of which is wonderful if you dont like running around lots of places.
Plus sides about the store:
It covers almost anything and the staff are generally helpful. baskets are available to carrying around the store, and prices are generally very good. with regular offers. One example: 180l top quality compost for £8, £35 boots for £17 and so on.
Bad points: it is easy to get lost in the store, although if you do they can put a tannoy out. You have to pay for the plastic bags so take your own if you have any. You cannot take the baskets out of the store, but you can drive up to the loading bay which is found either outside the gardens or the carpets depending what you have bought to load up.
And not everything is cheaper than elsewhere. the majority is but they have a few items such as car oil which they sneakily charge more for in the hope you will not notice.
So keep your wits and check prices and you can get some bargains. But go prepared.
Outside the main store can be found many other shops which include everything from hairdressers, newsagents and butchers and greengrocers. The butchers in particular are very good for deals and good prices and are flexible. They had buy one get one free offers on but only have one packet left when we went so they gave us another packet free that wasnt normally in the offer. The meat there is also good and tasty.
If you wish to spend the day there are also a restaurant offering cooked meals, breakfasts, lunches etc for very reasonable prices. Its not posh or the best you will have eaten but also far from the worst. Above this is a tearoom with indoor and outdoor seating which is lovely in the summer as it looks over the lakes and grounds.
Around the grounds are attractive and good for a walk. There is a river running through which has a walkway along although is can be shut for safety reasons in winter, there are lakes with swans and geese and ducks, and an avery with a good selection of birds. So you can visit just for a walk or to feed the ducks. What the geese though they love the regulars who feed them but dont like strangers.
Parking is extensive which various areas all around the store and overflow around the back which is quite a nice spot as it is under the viaduct.
Disabled parking is by the entrance as is motorbike parking. You may need to walk a little way if busy but you can drive up to collect your purchases afterwards.
Toilets are available for all under the cafe, these are adequate nothing to right home about but generally clean and have paper and running warm water.
The place takes are or cash and have a free cash machine outside the entrance.
In the summer there is an icecream van outside which does lovely icecreams so take soem change!
One thing that really gets me about the place though is the breakdown companies that poach outside, they wont take no for an answer and dont actually listen to you.
Overall the shop is brilliant for bargain home and garden bits. And has the facilities to make a day of it.
i moved to somerset from london,9 years ago,so i was well pleased when i found trago mills,it was like a breath of fresh air,no parking promlems (like in london)and it was free too (not like london) there space to walk about,and not have people treding on your feet,helpfull staff that liked to help you ( not like people in london who just want your money),so i,m finding it hard to see why so many people run down this store,what do people want,for me its some where to go when its raining,as most of it is under cover,its some where to go for the day with out going all the way to the coast,just to have fun on all the rides and things,we can go shopping and not worry about the kids running in the road,as they can go on the go-carts,boats,mini cars or the steam train,so all i can say to these people who dont like this store is,go to london for the day,see how much money you spend,just to park,see how you like people treading on your feet all day,then you might just think "god i wished i had gone to trago" because i know thats what i said the first time i went there,i go there about 10 times a year,you people dont know how lucky you are to have this store,use it,stop runing it down..............if you dont like it,dont go there,i like and to me thats all that matters.
Trago Mills is the Marmite of shops, either you love it or you hate it. Some people I know upcountry seem genuinely excited by the chance to roam its aisles when they come down to Cornwall, while other friends ward off the very notion!
It began as a discount store in the picturesqueak Glynn valley on the river Fowey near Liskeard. It has a second store in Newton Abbot, one in Falmouth and one for Merthyr Tydfil is in progress.
This review will only deal with the Liskeard outlet, as it's the one I'm most familiar with.
The store is in a beautiful setting in the wooded valley alongside the river. It's about five miles from the small town of Liskeard, on the A38. It has bus services and is accessible by car.
It's easy enough to find the entrance off the A38, although on first visits the car-parking can be confusing. There are apparently over a thousand car-park spaces and on bank holidays and weekends they're all full. Or it can seem that way! I've never not found a parking space, but it can be quite alarming to see all those cars and imagine all the people that came in them in hordes inside the store!
There are attractive pedestrian walk-ways by the river, with some very bizarre (and frankly hideous, in my view) statues and sculptures. There's one inspired by Alice in Wonderland, with a humorous(?) plaque saying "Alice's Tea Party - or Caradon District Council" (which is a bit out of date now the Cornwall county council has been formed, but anyway..) Another is described as the Inland Revenue, with not very flattering connotations! I always look at these and the anti-EU signage around the site with a mixture of raised eyebrow and a chuckle, as it's not often you get people who want to sell you stuff also being so forthright about their politics and grudges!
The store itself is a massive building, with some turrets. I tend to go in at the entrance beside the carpet-loading area, which certainly won't give you the nicest impression of the store. It's a bit shabby. If you're very used to the pristine lay-outs of modern shopping centres and supermarkets, the Liskeard Trago may come as somewhat of a shock. It's a bit of a hodge-podge and not in the least bit glamorous or shiny. The grumpy old man of shopping centres rather than the sleek shallow sophisticate.
You also have, as you enter, a confrontation with a life-size cardboard cut-out of a copper holding a sign showing how many shoplifters have been caught and prosecuted this month. (Friendly! Welcoming! Hahahaha.)
Which reminds me, when we had the very cold snap, in the carpark Trago had a quite grouchy sign up saying "ICE! You have been Warned!" If shops had personalities, Trago would say "dry your eyes!" while most namby-pamby shopping malls would beseech "please be careful!"
So what does Trago sell, you may be asking by now?
Well, 'what doesn't it sell?' is probably a better question! To quote from their website: "Art Materials, Bathrooms and Ceramics, Bedrooms, Carpets and Rugs, Clothing, D.I.Y., Furniture, Gardens, Gifts, Home Entertainment, Home Improvements, Household Textiles, Kitchens, Lighting, Nursery, Pet Care, Saddlery, Stationery, Tools and Motoring Accessories, Toys and Sports, and much, much more..." And it is true, especially the much much more.
To the left of the carpet-loading bay are the kitchen appliances, and to the right the labyrinth (rest of the store) awaits you. And it's not just a single floor, there's what lies above on the first floor as well if you care to ascend. The main store is pretty hard to navigate if you've never been before. You may want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs! There are a few signs to tell you approximately where departments are, but they tend to be in list form with no nice little maps ("b'ain't you local?" mutters Trago) and few arrows.
So what are the goods like? Are they worth this exercise in orienteering, you say?
Well, there's such a big range of stock, it's hard to know where to begin. We have bought a lot of DIY materials from there, and been very happy with the price and quality. I'm never much taken with any of their clothing or footwear: it never seems particularly good-quality or appealing. Their kitchen-wares section can keep us occupied for ages and you can get some nice art & crafts materials at decent prices.
In home furnishings we've had some lovely fully-lined curtains at a very reasonable cost, and have bought rugs and carpet-remnants for great prices.
If you're looking to carpet a room, they have a massive carpet department with a big stock of large room-sized off-cuts. They have a delivery and fitting service you can use, but if you want to do it on the really cheap and aren't afraid to have a go yourself, you can get some real bargains. I think we carpeted daughter's room for about £50 all in. I mean, obviously it's a bog-standard carpet rather than luxurious, but it looks nice and is hardy.
We wanted to buy a black metal fireside scuttle, and noticed it had a quite a big chip in the black coating. The item was £14.99, but we pointed out the chip to the assistant. He knocked a couple of quid off it, at the same time telling us "You get what you pay for" and "all the coating will get knocked off when you're using it anyway" and "all you need to do is paint it with a bit o' black hammerite and it'll be fine again". Which were mixed messages, we thought! As it turned out, it's been fine, no further damage has happened and it looks rather smart on the hearth, despite his low opinion of the item's quality.
I would say the quality of Trago's stock is variable, but it's definitely strongest when it comes to the household goods and furnishings. Especially if you're just starting out in a new home and don't have money to burn, it's a good place to look for furniture, carpets, curtains and decorating materials.
As with the standard of goods, the quality of customer service is variable. There are check-outs scattered throughout the store, almost at random, and some by the main doors. The ones by the main exit get pretty busy, so sometimes it's better to pay when you come across another. You can use any checkout even if your goods aren't from that department. The cashiers are usually smiley and helpful, but sometimes the till operation is rather slow: they don't use usual barcode & beep machines ("new-fangled clap-trap," growls Trago), but manually enter all prices.
It's imperative you hold onto your receipts, because as you go out of Trago, you have to show them and the goods you've bought to the security guards.
Outside the main store, there are a number of shops which I presume rent space there: a hairdresser, a Warrens, a chip-shop, a butcher. The butcher does some great offers as well, so it's worth a look.
At the far right of Trago is its cafe and the only public toilets. I've never tried the cafe, as soon as the shopping is done I feel the need to flee!
On the whole, Trago Mills (Liskeard) is a shopping experience I feel I have to 'gird my loins' for. We've taken the children round in the past, but that's never to be repeated - it's just too big and too awkward. On our own, we can have quite an enjoyable time shopping and pick up some nice stuff, but it's not for the faint-hearted! It's not a sterile soul-less interchangeable shopping centre that could be anywhere, it has its own personality... Not necessarily a *good* personality, all the time!
Trago started out in the 1960's as a small shed in Liskeard, South East Cornwall. The founder Mike Robertson bought a selection of items 'up country' and sold them in this shed. The store was designed to sell cheap, affordable products to the locals of Cornwall. Mike Robertson is a well known supporter and has broken many trading laws in the past by insisting to open on Sundays and ignore the metric ruling.
The store has expanded and has another two stores in Newton Abbot, Devon and Falmouth, Cornwall. For anyone living in Wales there are currently plans to expand into Merthyr Tydfil by late 2009. The plans for this new store can be found at www.tragomills.co.uk
The store is nestled in the idyllic Glynn Valley situated on the A38 between Liskeard and Bodmin. The store is open between 9am and 5:30pm on a Monday to Friday and10am and 4pm on a Sunday (opens at 9:30am for viewing).
The car park has ample parking spaces (over 1000) although we have found that when visiting the store on a Sunday car parking can be a little stressful. I have seen a few cases of road rage where two people have had an ugly disagreement about spaces.
The store at Newton Abbot is situated in 100 acres of the South Devon countryside, its really quite beautiful. The Trago Mills store at Newton Abbot is slightly larger than the two stores in Cornwall. It is relatively easy to get to and is situated between Liverton and Heathfield on the A38.
The store is a great place for tourists as the miniature steam railway allows customers the opportunity to view the nearby rolling hills and beautiful wooded views. In fact the whole shopping experience at the Newton Abbot store is more enjoyable with fairground rides, Edwardian penny arcade, steam railway and much more.
As a child I loved hearing the words 'Trago Mills' and 'Newton Abbot' now I have grown up slightly I would rather shop at Liskeard. When I was a lot younger however the fairground used to be a great feature for me as a child. I can remember racing my sister on the go-karts pretending I was Nigel Mansel. The bumper boats, circus tent and Edwardian.
In my opinion, the layout of the Newton Abbot complex compared to the store at Liskeard appears more cluttered. Since it was rebuilt after the fire in 2004 I haven't felt the same way about the store. The book section is a lot smaller and far more cramped than that of Liskeard. Have found on a few occasions that books I could get a Liskeard I cannot get in Newton Abbot. It did used to be the other way however with Newton Abbot being the stronger of the two.
There is also that problem with queuing at checkouts. I rarely have to wait longer than 5-10 minutes at the Liskeard store however in Newton Abbot I have sometimes been waiting for 20 minutes to be served.
PRODUCTS AND PRICES
The stores are very well organised with clearly labelled departments. There is a large garden and outdoors department on the ground floor with affordable plants and furniture. I enjoy shopping in the pet section as I know I can get affordable pet care items at a fraction of the high street prices.
Also on the ground floor is a selection of DIY, Car maintenance, CD, DVD and Book products neatly arranged and easy to find. My only real compliant is that the book, CD and DVD collection is stuck in the past and it is impossible to find a modern book/film.
On the second floor there is a huge stationary department which sells a selection of gift cards, gift wrap and small porcelain/glass/wooden gifts. I stock up on all my paper, pens, pencils and folders as it is a lot better priced than in a more established stationary store.
As a child I remember going to Trago Mills to pick my carpet for my bedroom, or wallpaper and the selection was amazing. I would say that Trago easily compares to the national chain stores such as Homebase, MFI and IKEA.
The prices are very good and on average the prices are about 5%-15% less for electrical and entertainment goods, 20%-30% less for furniture, garden equipment and DIY goods, clothes and stationary is about 30%-50% less than most high street/large chain stores.
The most attractive feature is the ability to buy brand name clothes, sport equipment or electrical good at a fraction of the price. I managed to find a gorgeous Levi leather jacket for £10.99 and a set of Panasonic speakers for only £2.99 and they work a treat.
Bunk Bed - £69.99 (Argos £119.99)
Leather Boots - £19.99 (Clarks £60)
Ainsley Harriet Book - £2.95 (Waterstones £8.99)
Stickers 59p (Ham and Sewell £1.99)
Fimo Clay 99p (Ham and Sewell £1.79)
Hamster Cage £9.99 (Local Pet store £22.99)
Hamster bedding 79p (Wilkinsons 99p)
The above prices are just a quick reference guide so that you can compare the prices.
Due to the large size of Trago Mills and the many checkout points in the building there is a system in process where receipts are checked and stamped to prevent theft. The store takes theft seriously and has a life size cut out of a policeman reminding customers of how many criminals have been caught and prosecuted that month. This cardboard cut out also offers any thief a 'free ride home in a police car'.
At the moment customers can only use debit/credit cards when they spend over £10 although the store also accept cheques, vouchers and cash. Bags are also charged at 2p for a small carrier or 5p for a large carrier. It is therefore advisable that you take your own bag.
The Liskeard store is situated in a large wooden area with a number of food outlets and burger vans. The Fit 't' Bust kiosk sell a range of cheap, tasty fast food. We often stop off here for a cheap lunch (sausage, chips, cheese and curry sauce with a can for less than £3) and eat it by the Fowey River in the picnic area.
There is also a great deal on a cooked "Early Shopper" breakfast in the Keg and Kettle restaurant for only 99p so if you plan to get there early to avoid queues this is a very good deal. There is a small aviary with a nearby pond with Koi Carp near the restaurant so eating is a real pleasure, especially during the summer months.
There are a number of small outlets selling local foods such as pasties or local farm produce. There is also a mobile phone store and newsagents.
Overall Trago Mills (LISKEARD) is a great department store for those on a tight budget when decorating or redesigning a new home. In fact when I move into my new home with my partner all of our stuff will be purchased in Trago saving us hundreds of pounds.
My partner is a plumber and happily buys his overalls, equipment and materials from the store without worrying about quality. I love to stock up on any equipment I may need and know that I can save £20-£50 each time compared to a trip to a high street store.
Trago Mills does get a bad press as the 'poor mans store' but although the stuff is cheap the quality is not compromised. If you plan to visit Cornwall or Devon in the near future don't miss out on a trip to Trago Mills, you never know what you may find.
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Overall Trago Mills Newton Abbot is a great family day out if you plan to spend some time in the arcade, adventure playground or on the rides. Compared to Liskeard however I feel it lacks the shopping experience. If you plan to visit Devon or Somerset Trago Mills Newton Abbot is a reasonable distance for a day out.
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I have only been to Trago Mills once in my life. It was last month actually. My mate had been going on about how good it was but I thought that I'd be disappointed. I told her to stop "bigging it up" as it might not be not all it's cracked up to be.
Before getting to the actual shop, I found the outside charming with all the rides for the little ones and the birds (you're not allowed to feed them though) and the craft shops and garden centre. I thought it gave the place a nice atmosphere.
We then ventured inside Trago Mills and I must say I was a bit disappointed at first. There were candles and Christmas decorations at the entrance, then we went on to the clothes section which was ok but not impressive. I did get some lovely slippers for my daughter at a cheap price.
We moved on to the bed linen, table cloths, seat pads section which I actually really loved after a first bad impression (I'd only seen the old-fashioned stuff before actually noticing the modern stuff). I got some bargain placemats in cotton (2 for 50p), their quality is amazing and a matching table runner.
The best item I bought was a table lamp which is now in our living room.
The best bargain was some energy saving bulbs. They were priced at 9p each and were buy one get one free! :o)
The kitchen department was great I think.
The toiletry isle was disappointing: there wasn't a good range of products and the baby stuff was not cheap (well not cheaper than elsewhere anyway).
Be aware that they don't give carrier bags at the tills. A good thing if you ask me but ensure you bring your own bags for life.
So I'd say on the whole I was pleased with it. I wouldn't say it is a marvellous place to go shopping but it's definitely worth a look if you live nearby or go visit Devon.
this is the worst store i have ever been in, it is so old fashioned and dated, smelly, cheap, crowded, full of morons, staff and customers, parking is a real nightmare, every one walks round slowly shuffling their feet ; dragging their granny style shopping trollies that tip over if you put anything in them, the goods are cheap and shoddy and half of it should never have been manufactured in the first place and god help you if you have to return anything, this envolves a third degree nazi style interrogation to find out why you are returning said items, then you have to take it back to the department you bought it from, regardless of how heavy it is, then wait for the so called manager to appear and try and fob you off with a credit note, which if you dont read carefully you find out only lasts for that day, and saving the best for last !!! you are practically frisked as you leave the shop to make sure you havnt stolen anything, you have to produce your receipt to the security guard, and believe me there are more security staff than till operators, they look at all your goods, check them off against your bill, stamp it then your free to go. i cant imagine why any shoplifters would even want to go there let alone steal anything, and there are huge notices everywhere telling you how many people they have caught and prosecuted, this whole place is beyond belief, and all of the stores are equally as bad, the rides they offer to the kids are like broken down,obsolete fair ground rides that no one wanted any more, and dont look safe, clean or in any way nice for your children to get on, they are usually in tree covered areas right out of the way and usually covered in algae. on the whole, in my opinion, i would never go to any of these shops ever again if i didnt have to, but what is really quite the most odd thing of all is that the staff seem to love the boss, they stand up for him, and i have seen a tv program about him and he too is very strange, so goodness knows what goes on there.
Trago Mills or Traygo Meals as pronounced locally is run/owned/controlled by a redneck xenophobic tree chopping little West of Englander who stacks them high and sells them as quickly as possible just below clearance prices. Most consummable goods are slightly faulty/second. Even the Lego will have a crucial or final bit missing which is never the case when bought on the high street. It is well known that staff are paid at minimum levels and are as apathetic as to be totally offhand and on occasions just rude.The internal shopping areas are claustrophobic, hot and over stocked. The fire exits are poorly signed and there is often no clear path to the emergency exits.A friend who used to work for the Woodland Trust knows that they have cleared ancient woodland, habitats with no approvals knowing that profits will pay the fines. Thoroughly awful in every way!
Trago Mills - the thought of having to go there fills me wih dread. Granted there are some bargains to be had, but you pay dearly for this in other ways. All the slow families come here and walk very slowly infront of you until you want to scream.
Parking is an absolute nightmare. there are no words i can say to explain.
The staff seem to be employed for their ability to speak in monosyllables.
Its dirty, it smells. Many of the customers make me feel physically sick.
Many a happy hour spent waiting at the checkouts. Dont ever pick something up that has no price. This confuses the granite boulder checkout staff (who always seem to be in training) and holds proceedings up by a further two hours.
In conclusion i would rather gouge my eyes out with a spoon than ever go here again. Even the sea gulls are scabby!!
Saw bullys bears advertised on whats on south west, so went to trago to find it, the shop was fab, alot cheaper than build a bear but just as good quality. Whilst my children were getting a bear made up, i had my hair cut in the barbers next door, she was excellent. Along the same parade of shops there were some very impressive wooden animals and brilliant phone accesories. The main shop of trago has very good prices and something for everybody, and the amusments kept the kids occupied.
A very good day out.
i went to trago in newton abbot and to be honest i was a little dissapointed,the queues at the check outs were unbelivable,and the stock seemed to be all over the place, it was'nt until i found a shop selling wooden animals in the park section that it got any good, this brummie guy has life size crocodiles made from wood, their are wooden animals all over the place, well worth a look !!
Worth a visit - Advantages: Mostly Cheap, Excellent Range, Amusements to keep the non-shoppers happy - Disadvantages: Some items quite expensive, Occasionally posters displayed in shops can be offensive, almost racist, Some items have distinct "end of line" feel
Trago Mills used to be the place to go to get all of your bargains. It made a great Sunday trip out because most other places were closed and you always bought something when you were there. Recently I have noticed that the prices have started to go up. This may be to pay for the HUGE extension that they have recently had in the Liskeard branch. This shop is now massive. You can spend half a day in there looking at everything now! Even thought the prices have gone up you can still get the occasional bargain in Trago. They sometimes have special offers on and prices are still reasonable even if there are no offers. It’s handy to have everything under one roof as well! My local Trago Mills is the Liskeard branch, even this is about 30 minutes drive away and it’s in the middle of nowhere so there isn’t really anything else you can do at the same time. The shop is separated into lots of sections. Downstairs you have DIY, kitchen, car, tools and paint, garden, books and pets. There’s also a seasonal section where they put Easter eggs, Xmas decorations etc depending on the time of year. Upstairs you have kitchen, furniture, textiles, toys, shoes and clothes. If you are the wildlife type (not really me – my remote control won’t work from outside) Trago Mills in Liskeard have big gardens around the shop with lots of birds in, don’t ask me what type!! I have seen lots of people walking their dogs who swim in the river (the dogs, not the people) and seem to be having great fun! There’s also a restaurant which gets very busy, bargain food you see! Make sure you get there early if you don’t want to queue for long. Tips for shopping at Trago Mills: Sundays are very busy, everyone goes to Trago shopping on Sundays! Either be prepared to walk verrrrrrrrry slowly or wear big boots to kick people out of the way or take a big bag to swing around so people
move out of the way. Take a basket as soon as you get inside the door because they are impossible to find once you are in the shop and it’s guaranteed you will find loads that you want to buy if you don’t have a basket. Trago charge for carrier bags so take your own! Don’t lose your receipt, items bought are checked against your receipt when you leave the shop (to deter shoplifting!!) and then your receipt is stamped. Make sure you don’t pick up something that hasn’t got a price on, it takes them ageeeeeeeeeees to find out how much it’s supposed to be. Don’t ask the staff about anything electrical, they haven’t got a clue, they just type it in the till. So that’s Trago Mills, huge shop where you can pick up the occasional bargain. If there are no bargains the day you visit everything is still reasonably priced and you can get a good few hours shopping in there. Also good for dogs who like swimming and chasing ducks!
I used to Live in Torquay in Devon so used to drive over to Trago quite a lot. It has expanded greatly over the years now with rides for the kids (bumper boats, go carts, paddle boats, slides and a minature steam train which my kids absoloutly loved. The main store itself is a huge building with a large furniture dept and also houses Clothes, DIY, Books, Toys, Ornaments, Music basicly everything. They dont take credit cards but this enables them to keep prices low as the dont have to pay fees to the credit card companies. All the products are cheap but not poor quality. There is ample parking and comfort facilities and cash machines too a great place for fun and shopping There are also other units in the outside complex (independant from Trago) like computers, phones and snack bars etc So you are bound to find just what you need
There are three ‘branches’ of Trago Mills in Devon and Cornwall. The most southerly site being Falmouth followed by the Liskeard site (both in Cornwall) and then Newton Abbot in South Devon. Having grown up near St Austell (about 20 minutes away from the Liskeard site), having a boyfriend who lives in Falmouth and recently moving to Newton Abbot, I have had the fortune (or misfortune) to visit all the sites. They seem to get bigger the further North you go, with Newton Abbot having the biggest one. At this site you can find Trago itself plus a petrol station, Plymco (a supermarket), car sales place and an amusement park (which I haven't visited). Conversely, Falmouth is the smallest and contains less variety and in smaller quantities. They are all in very beautiful locations of the southwest, with several walks and situated near either rivers or the sea itself. There are a number of peacocks that strut around the Liskeard car parks as well as aviary and a pond type affair with ducks swimming about. Near this area (near the restaurant to the left of the building) there is also a waterwheel. All the sites are crammed full of bargains from printer cartridges to pet food and gardening equipment to bathrooms and kitchens. There are music departments (although much of the selection is not chart music, more like value CD’s etc), videos, stationary, books, toys, linen and bargain CD-RW disks of a surprisingly good quality. Other areas include sports equipment, paints and wallpaper, piping and other building items, car department, cosmetics and toiletries, carpets and rugs, furniture and pet products. There really is too much to mention here. To give you some idea, frequently whole page adverts appear in tabloid size newspapers. Identifying the special offers at that time. The adverts contain line upon line of very small print, hundreds upon hundreds of bargains, although I’m sure no-one spends the time it takes to read through
them all. Moving on. Although there is a lot of car parking space at both the Newton Abbot and Liskeard sites, many of these spaces would be unsuitable for those people who have mobility problems. As Trago tends to get very busy (especially at the weekends) the car parks can become full which results in a long walk to the store. Also, the nature of the store itself often means there is not a lot of room to move about when there are many people shopping there. It can be a struggle to get around and people get annoyed and begin to push, it can all be a very stressful experience. This is also true of the Falmouth site but the parking situation is different in that there is no complimentary parking so you have to pay and display in one of the towns car parks (there is one right next door to the building which is located at one end of the town itself). It's hard to find your way around the shops, until you get used to them. There are yellow signs above doorways, but they don't always help. Knowing how one site is laid out, doesn't help you know where to look for things in another site. They seem to have a different floor plan in every single one you go to. Newton Abbot differs from Liskeard (and as far as I remember, Falmouth) in a major way. In Liskeard you have to keep hold of your receipts to prove you have purchased your goods, which you can do anywhere. You show the receipts on your exit and they get stamped. In Newton Abbot you have to pay for your good as you exit, which results in long cues, especially when the price isn’t on the item you wish to purchase and a member of staff has to go and find the product and the price. They don’t use high-tech barcodes and you can’t pay by credit card either. If you write a cheque that is more than the guarantee amount of your card, you have to have proof of your identity (eg driving license). There are also limited places where you can pay by cheque, in the case of Net
won Abbot. The restaurant at Liskeard can also get very busy, in fact just a few weeks ago my family turned around and walked out because there was such a wait. Newton Abbot can also be busy at ‘feeding time’ although the choice of takeaways is good so you can always find somewhere to take your food and eat or even head back to your car. If you plan to purchase a lot of items, take some carrier bags with you as you need to pay for these, and although they don’t cost much (5p for small and 8p for big ones- approximately, I can’t remember for certain) every penny makes a difference! There are no trolleys, but you can usually get your hands on a shopping basket. If I think of anything else that people planning a visit to Trago need to know, I will update this opinion accordingly. I hope this improves your Trago experience.