£10 parking charge at ‘free’ Tour spectator hub

York Press: Mike Thomas Mike Thomas

MOTORISTS planning to park at York’s Designer Outlet on Sunday to watch the Tour de France or use the Park & Ride service will face a £10 parking fee.

But the all-day charge can be redeemed if people buy items at the outlet at Fulford, including food. The outlet is hosting a “free spectator hub” for the race, including a large screen showing all the action, a Parisian tavern, entertainment, craft stalls, kids rides and interactive sports demonstrations.

Motorist Ian Snedden, of Fulford, contacted The Press to criticise the charge, which he viewed as an “insult” to York residents who visited the site regularly, and he also suggested half the parking profits should be handed to a local charity.

But centre manager Mike Thomas, said the fee was consistent across both the centre and Racecourse spectator hubs, but shoppers could redeem the parking fee against food and shopping purchases at the centre on the day.

“All hub visitors are being encouraged, in the spirit of the race and where possible, to either cycle, walk or take the bus – people can plan their journey using www.itravelyork.info” he added.

The outlet’s Park & Ride will terminate at Fishergate bus hub, not serving Clifford Street, Rougier Street, York Station or Nunnery Lane until roads reopen at about 1.30pm.

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11:48am Wed 2 Jul 14

Rollonsummer says...

For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event. Rollonsummer
  • Score: -17

11:58am Wed 2 Jul 14

Dan Atkinson says...

Mike Thomas has clearly been at the crack pipe if he thinks families visiting the outlet would consider taking the bus, walking or cycling if they have babies or toddlers with them.
Mike Thomas has clearly been at the crack pipe if he thinks families visiting the outlet would consider taking the bus, walking or cycling if they have babies or toddlers with them. Dan Atkinson
  • Score: -14

12:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

nowthen says...

Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Exactly ! I bet that the verges down Naburn Lane will be jam packed with cars ; and how much do you have to spend before you get your parking fee back ? Greedy greedy greedy.
[quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Exactly ! I bet that the verges down Naburn Lane will be jam packed with cars ; and how much do you have to spend before you get your parking fee back ? Greedy greedy greedy. nowthen
  • Score: -11

12:02pm Wed 2 Jul 14

another grump says...

""All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. "" No it wont. Theres no bloody room with all the cheapskates that work in the city parking there.
""All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. "" No it wont. Theres no bloody room with all the cheapskates that work in the city parking there. another grump
  • Score: -10

12:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

So not only are people wanting to use the P&R being fleeced, but the even the people wanting to go to Designer Outlet hub are being charged over the odds – the TdF organisers say that car parks should not charge more than £8 (€10) per day. Sounds like a clear case of profiteering here.
So not only are people wanting to use the P&R being fleeced, but the even the people wanting to go to Designer Outlet hub are being charged over the odds – the TdF organisers say that car parks [bold]should not charge more than £8 (€10) per day[/bold]. Sounds like a clear case of profiteering here. Stevie D
  • Score: -11

12:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

BL2 says...

another grump wrote:
""All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. "" No it wont. Theres no bloody room with all the cheapskates that work in the city parking there.
Nothing to do with cheapskates - work out how much it costs to park each week / year and work out if you could afford it when you can't cycle or walk!
[quote][p][bold]another grump[/bold] wrote: ""All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. "" No it wont. Theres no bloody room with all the cheapskates that work in the city parking there.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with cheapskates - work out how much it costs to park each week / year and work out if you could afford it when you can't cycle or walk! BL2
  • Score: -4

12:23pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jackanory2 says...

I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc...
I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc... Jackanory2
  • Score: 14

12:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

The Designer Outlet is a hideous soul-less over-sterile prison.
Last time I went there, we all came away with headaches from the awful artificial atmosphere. You can't beat real fresh air.

Why anyone would be miffed that they can't go there for just one Sunday is beyond me.
The Designer Outlet is a hideous soul-less over-sterile prison. Last time I went there, we all came away with headaches from the awful artificial atmosphere. You can't beat real fresh air. Why anyone would be miffed that they can't go there for just one Sunday is beyond me. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 34

1:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Get a grip people, you can use your £10 ticket to buy £10 of goods at the outlet!

If you can not spend £10 in that place there is something wrong.
Get a grip people, you can use your £10 ticket to buy £10 of goods at the outlet! If you can not spend £10 in that place there is something wrong. eeoodares
  • Score: 12

1:50pm Wed 2 Jul 14

York1900 says...

It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands

As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them
It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them York1900
  • Score: -16

2:22pm Wed 2 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
The Designer Outlet is a hideous soul-less over-sterile prison.
Last time I went there, we all came away with headaches from the awful artificial atmosphere. You can't beat real fresh air.

Why anyone would be miffed that they can't go there for just one Sunday is beyond me.
The most sensible thing I've read all day.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: The Designer Outlet is a hideous soul-less over-sterile prison. Last time I went there, we all came away with headaches from the awful artificial atmosphere. You can't beat real fresh air. Why anyone would be miffed that they can't go there for just one Sunday is beyond me.[/p][/quote]The most sensible thing I've read all day. MrsHoney
  • Score: 40

2:24pm Wed 2 Jul 14

vax2002 says...

Stay at home, put the Barbecue on and remember this stunt next time you think of out of town shopping.
Plenty of town centre small business will not be ripping you off and are actually glad of your custom.
Stay at home, put the Barbecue on and remember this stunt next time you think of out of town shopping. Plenty of town centre small business will not be ripping you off and are actually glad of your custom. vax2002
  • Score: 41

2:29pm Wed 2 Jul 14

severon78 says...

Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Oh no, whatever will people do without being able to go to the designer outlet for one day? Hey, I know. How about stay at home or go for a walk? You know, sometimes I manage to go several weeks at a time without going to the designer outlet, maybe that makes me a bit weird, but so be it.
[quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Oh no, whatever will people do without being able to go to the designer outlet for one day? Hey, I know. How about stay at home or go for a walk? You know, sometimes I manage to go several weeks at a time without going to the designer outlet, maybe that makes me a bit weird, but so be it. severon78
  • Score: 27

2:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

oswaldcobblepot says...

Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Did you actually read the article? You will get the charge back if you buy things at the outlet including food. If you are parked there to shop inside the outlet then there isn't an issue.
Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping?
[quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Did you actually read the article? You will get the charge back if you buy things at the outlet including food. If you are parked there to shop inside the outlet then there isn't an issue. Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping? oswaldcobblepot
  • Score: 29

2:34pm Wed 2 Jul 14

oswaldcobblepot says...

York1900 wrote:
It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands

As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them
Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them.
[quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them[/p][/quote]Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them. oswaldcobblepot
  • Score: 14

3:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

piaggio1 says...

Its the one.s wbo park up on naburn lane..you know where there.s a sort of lay by.then get the pushbikes off the car n cycle to work/town..an tell everyone that they ride to work....
Its the one.s wbo park up on naburn lane..you know where there.s a sort of lay by.then get the pushbikes off the car n cycle to work/town..an tell everyone that they ride to work.... piaggio1
  • Score: -2

3:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

piaggio1 says...

An the outlet place allways seems to be full of wessies...west yaarkshire lot...
An the outlet place allways seems to be full of wessies...west yaarkshire lot... piaggio1
  • Score: -12

3:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

rodney'sdog says...

If the predicted monsoon comes nobody will bother about parking.Estimated viewing time of cyclists is just 4 minutes tops anyway. Profiteering just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
If the predicted monsoon comes nobody will bother about parking.Estimated viewing time of cyclists is just 4 minutes tops anyway. Profiteering just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. rodney'sdog
  • Score: -7

4:16pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bolero says...

`On yer bike` Mike Thomas.
`On yer bike` Mike Thomas. bolero
  • Score: -10

4:24pm Wed 2 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
If the predicted monsoon comes nobody will bother about parking.Estimated viewing time of cyclists is just 4 minutes tops anyway. Profiteering just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
I don't believe attending this event is compulsory, so exercise your right to stay at home. Here's a novel idea, why not do something traditional like cook a traditional home made Sunday dinner and spend the day together as a family. ....... should make a change from McD's or Col s's.
[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: If the predicted monsoon comes nobody will bother about parking.Estimated viewing time of cyclists is just 4 minutes tops anyway. Profiteering just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.[/p][/quote]I don't believe attending this event is compulsory, so exercise your right to stay at home. Here's a novel idea, why not do something traditional like cook a traditional home made Sunday dinner and spend the day together as a family. ....... should make a change from McD's or Col s's. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 37

5:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

York1900 says...

oswaldcobblepot wrote:
York1900 wrote:
It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands

As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them
Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them.
It is just that my comment is true if the council had come out with the idea that all York City council car parks would charge £10 people for parking to watch TDF you and many others would be crying that it was robbing people blind
[quote][p][bold]oswaldcobblepot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them[/p][/quote]Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them.[/p][/quote]It is just that my comment is true if the council had come out with the idea that all York City council car parks would charge £10 people for parking to watch TDF you and many others would be crying that it was robbing people blind York1900
  • Score: -14

5:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Caecilius says...

Jackanory2 wrote:
I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc...
Their attention span wasn't long enough to get them to that bit.
[quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc...[/p][/quote]Their attention span wasn't long enough to get them to that bit. Caecilius
  • Score: 13

5:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

York1900 says...

Caecilius wrote:
Jackanory2 wrote:
I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc...
Their attention span wasn't long enough to get them to that bit.
The number of times I have been to designer outlet I have never managed to spend £10 on any thing I wanted from there
[quote][p][bold]Caecilius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: I don't understand what people are moaning about, you can redeem the cost of the parking buying goods from the outlet, easiest thing in the world to spend £10 in the designer outlet. The people moaning about having to take kids in a car, theyll soon spend £10 on drinks etc...[/p][/quote]Their attention span wasn't long enough to get them to that bit.[/p][/quote]The number of times I have been to designer outlet I have never managed to spend £10 on any thing I wanted from there York1900
  • Score: -10

7:23pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

oswaldcobblepot wrote:
Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping?

Because they agreed to have a Park & Ride site there (which they benefit massively from) and they are charging P&R users £10 on top of what they are paying for their bus tickets, and they agreed to have a spectator hub there (which they will benefit massively from) and they are charging 25% more than the TdF organisers have said is the maximum amount allowed.

Let's hope that most people see this for the naked greed that it is, and boycott the Designer Outlet not just this weekend but all the time.
[quote][bold]oswaldcobblepot[/bold] wrote: Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping?[/quote] Because they agreed to have a Park & Ride site there (which they benefit massively from) and they are charging P&R users £10 on top of what they are paying for their bus tickets, [italic]and[/italic] they agreed to have a spectator hub there (which they will benefit massively from) [italic][bold]and[/bold][/italic] they are charging 25% more than the TdF organisers have said is the maximum amount allowed. Let's hope that most people see this for the naked greed that it is, and boycott the Designer Outlet not just this weekend but all the time. Stevie D
  • Score: -13

8:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

oswaldcobblepot says...

Stevie D wrote:
oswaldcobblepot wrote:
Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping?

Because they agreed to have a Park & Ride site there (which they benefit massively from) and they are charging P&R users £10 on top of what they are paying for their bus tickets, and they agreed to have a spectator hub there (which they will benefit massively from) and they are charging 25% more than the TdF organisers have said is the maximum amount allowed.

Let's hope that most people see this for the naked greed that it is, and boycott the Designer Outlet not just this weekend but all the time.
I bet you never even had any intention of parking at the outlet this weekend, you're just a typical moaning keyboard ninja. Just park at a different park and ride if you have to or shock horror don't go out at all, it is just one day after all.
As for the outlet itself, I can't stand the place personally but I'm pretty sure it'll be a better place if miserable old buggers like you boycott it.
[quote][p][bold]Stevie D[/bold] wrote: [quote][bold]oswaldcobblepot[/bold] wrote: Why should the outlet suffer by people clogging up their car park with no interest in shopping?[/quote] Because they agreed to have a Park & Ride site there (which they benefit massively from) and they are charging P&R users £10 on top of what they are paying for their bus tickets, [italic]and[/italic] they agreed to have a spectator hub there (which they will benefit massively from) [italic][bold]and[/bold][/italic] they are charging 25% more than the TdF organisers have said is the maximum amount allowed. Let's hope that most people see this for the naked greed that it is, and boycott the Designer Outlet not just this weekend but all the time.[/p][/quote]I bet you never even had any intention of parking at the outlet this weekend, you're just a typical moaning keyboard ninja. Just park at a different park and ride if you have to or shock horror don't go out at all, it is just one day after all. As for the outlet itself, I can't stand the place personally but I'm pretty sure it'll be a better place if miserable old buggers like you boycott it. oswaldcobblepot
  • Score: 16

8:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

oswaldcobblepot says...

York1900 wrote:
oswaldcobblepot wrote:
York1900 wrote:
It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands

As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them
Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them.
It is just that my comment is true if the council had come out with the idea that all York City council car parks would charge £10 people for parking to watch TDF you and many others would be crying that it was robbing people blind
Except they haven't so your point is invalid! Just park somewhere else if you must, the world will keep on turning.
[quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oswaldcobblepot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: It is just like any thing if there is a chance to rob to public bind private companies will take it with both hands As private companies only look at how much extra profit they can make without extra cost to them[/p][/quote]Grow up, the world isn't out to get you, businesses are just trying to make money. If it was a bunch of independent shops then no one would be moaning but because they are high street stores everyone thinks stuff them.[/p][/quote]It is just that my comment is true if the council had come out with the idea that all York City council car parks would charge £10 people for parking to watch TDF you and many others would be crying that it was robbing people blind[/p][/quote]Except they haven't so your point is invalid! Just park somewhere else if you must, the world will keep on turning. oswaldcobblepot
  • Score: 14

2:53am Thu 3 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Motorist Ian Snedden, of Fulford, contacted The Press to criticise the charge

Possibly missing a trick here... but somebody in *Fulford* complaining about a charge on parking their car - even though Fulford has a high frequency bus to the same place; or if you don't mind the slightly reduced frequency, the Arriva 415 going there on a regular basis but at a lower price too.

"Me have car, me must drive it literally everywhere even though it makes no sense to"
[quote]Motorist Ian Snedden, of Fulford, contacted The Press to criticise the charge[/quote] Possibly missing a trick here... but somebody in *Fulford* complaining about a charge on parking their car - even though Fulford has a high frequency bus to the same place; or if you don't mind the slightly reduced frequency, the Arriva 415 going there on a regular basis but at a lower price too. "Me have car, me must drive it literally everywhere even though it makes no sense to" Magicman!
  • Score: 26

2:54am Thu 3 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

nowthen wrote:
Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Exactly ! I bet that the verges down Naburn Lane will be jam packed with cars ; and how much do you have to spend before you get your parking fee back ? Greedy greedy greedy.
mmmm, maybe the council will have their camera car going up and down Naburn Lane. Would be a nice little earner and then maybe they can fix a few more dam potholes!!
[quote][p][bold]nowthen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Exactly ! I bet that the verges down Naburn Lane will be jam packed with cars ; and how much do you have to spend before you get your parking fee back ? Greedy greedy greedy.[/p][/quote]mmmm, maybe the council will have their camera car going up and down Naburn Lane. Would be a nice little earner and then maybe they can fix a few more dam potholes!! Magicman!
  • Score: 11

7:18am Thu 3 Jul 14

mortandindi says...

I wouldn't bother with itravel, I am still waiting for answers to my questions that I asked three weeks ago, they are totally useless which is typical of this city council.
I wouldn't bother with itravel, I am still waiting for answers to my questions that I asked three weeks ago, they are totally useless which is typical of this city council. mortandindi
  • Score: -13

10:51am Thu 3 Jul 14

Dr Brian says...

Hope the traders at Designer Outlet have their worst trading day of the summer on Sunday and demand answers and compensation from the dim wit who thought up this get rich quick idea.
Hope the traders at Designer Outlet have their worst trading day of the summer on Sunday and demand answers and compensation from the dim wit who thought up this get rich quick idea. Dr Brian
  • Score: -14

1:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sonorbloke says...

Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Have you actually read the article properly? If you are shopping and spend more than £10, then the parking isn't going to cost you anything.....
[quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Have you actually read the article properly? If you are shopping and spend more than £10, then the parking isn't going to cost you anything..... sonorbloke
  • Score: 24

10:43pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

sonorbloke wrote:
Rollonsummer wrote:
For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.
Have you actually read the article properly? If you are shopping and spend more than £10, then the parking isn't going to cost you anything.....
The real problem is the mad marketing strategy of the Designer Outlet management.My experience is that its no longer an attractive place to shop, with a variety of rather tatty unfashionable retail outlets selling a lot of similar goods and clothing. Many of the quality shops have gone and one is very lucky to find a bargain.I go about every two months in the hope of a change, but it has lost a lot of its former attraction.
For Management to further antagonize potential customers WITH THE THREAT of charging them £10 unless they buy is very poor psychology .
If they had used some of the parking space or or entrance areas for maybe a large TV screens showing the TdF they might have achieved sales without charges or the extra cost of refunds?
[quote][p][bold]sonorbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rollonsummer[/bold] wrote: For those who didn't want to see the Tour De France, going shopping at the Designer Outlet is now out of the question. £10 is extortionate, especially for those having to pay for the Park and Ride as well. All this will do will push more cars to park in non permit parking residential areas. Its shameful that they are cashing in on what should be a free event.[/p][/quote]Have you actually read the article properly? If you are shopping and spend more than £10, then the parking isn't going to cost you anything.....[/p][/quote]The real problem is the mad marketing strategy of the Designer Outlet management.My experience is that its no longer an attractive place to shop, with a variety of rather tatty unfashionable retail outlets selling a lot of similar goods and clothing. Many of the quality shops have gone and one is very lucky to find a bargain.I go about every two months in the hope of a change, but it has lost a lot of its former attraction. For Management to further antagonize potential customers WITH THE THREAT of charging them £10 unless they buy is very poor psychology . If they had used some of the parking space or or entrance areas for maybe a large TV screens showing the TdF they might have achieved sales without charges or the extra cost of refunds? Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: -16

10:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bolero says...

Buy something for about £10 and then go and request a refund. It will mess them about if nothing else .Is'nt this the place where you pay £50 for a fancy carrier bag and get some outdated rubbish at a ridiculously low price-allegedly?
Buy something for about £10 and then go and request a refund. It will mess them about if nothing else .Is'nt this the place where you pay £50 for a fancy carrier bag and get some outdated rubbish at a ridiculously low price-allegedly? bolero
  • Score: -20

7:20pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mingmongmiggy says...

I think that what they have done is fair. Everyone else is cashing in on this event, so why shouldn't designer outlet. Haven't heard anyone complaining about expensive price of the Leeds arena tickets, the Le grand departy tickets or even the racecourse so why moan about this. I shall be going!
I think that what they have done is fair. Everyone else is cashing in on this event, so why shouldn't designer outlet. Haven't heard anyone complaining about expensive price of the Leeds arena tickets, the Le grand departy tickets or even the racecourse so why moan about this. I shall be going! Mingmongmiggy
  • Score: 16
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