A DAY AT
Newsbox is a retailer who has been mentioned
a lot by our forum members over the last few years, with postings
about their great range of fireworks and some really keen
pricing too. So, I was looking forward to seeing this shop
for myself, and took a trip down to Loughton in Essex.
the shop's address is in Essex, it is actually located just
within the M25. There are many ways to get to Loughton, I
decided to brave the M25 itself and come in off junction 26.
From there, it is a simple case of following the signs for
Loughton and you are there within five minutes. When you hit
the village you come to some mini-roundabouts, Newsbox is
on your right, and Homebase have been kind enough to build
a car park next door too!
When you first enter Newsbox your mind
has to do some slight mental re-adjusting. Looking at their
price-list and reading member testimonials you're expecting
a sprawling fireworks warehouse but as the name suggests this
is also a newsagents, so the floor space is shared with an
Aladdin's cave of assorted food, drink, newspapers and when
we visited, some grotesque Halloween masks (the kids love
them apparently). This is actually a significant advantage
because if, like me, you had made a long journey, there is
unlimited refreshments at the end, excellent!
Raj and his staff are always happy to help
and Raj himself knows a lot about fireworks, so he's the man
to ask if you need any specific advice. After a quick chat
it was time to get down to the serious business of checking
his stock. The first thing that struck me was the sheer variety
of brands on display. Most newsagents concentrate on a single
brand for commercial reasons, Newsbox takes the other angle
and offers a pick of the best from many diverse labels. Cosmic,
Golden Lion, Fireworks International, Bright Star, Kimbolton,
Shogun, Shellscape, Vulcan and more, they were all here! And
not just any firework from each brand, Newsbox are stocked
to the teeth with Best Buy and Recommended items from this
"I'm a firework enthusiast myself"
explained Raj. "I'm not interested on focussing just
on one single brand, rather I want to stock the very best
of each label". This certainly shows with a stock-list
that provides one of the most diverse ranges I have seen in
a shop of this type. "I also want to give the best possible
deal" he continued. "This is why you will find some
very keen pricing here". He wasn't joking, above the
counter was Tiger's Revenge at £69 which I think speaks
for itself, and he was expecting some new stocks of the legendary
Super Blitzknall rocket which he was going to retail at just
£8.50. I couldn't help noticing a special offer on Stella
too, six cans for a fiver and they're the continental cans!
As a connoisseur of Stella it would be irresponsible of me
not to point that offer out. To be consumed after your
display, of course.
Ease of parking, quick access from the
M25 plus a brilliant range of fireworks - and good service
- has to make Newsbox a retailer to put at the top of your
list. "We've had people come from as far away as Nottingham"
said Raj, and that does not surprise me.
For further stock details and a price list,
check our their website.
As with any retailer, always telephone first to check stock
if you are making a long journey.
Many thanks to Raj for his hospitality
and our forum members for posting about him, Newsbox was well
worth the visit.
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