Matalan is the UK’s leading out of town clothing and homeware retailer, offering quality products at up to half the high street price.
By combining excellent value with great service, we’ve become a major success story. We’ve got over 200 stores here in the UK - and we’re opening new ones all the time.
Where we began
Matalan was built on a simple but pioneering concept. By staying out of town, we can keep our overheads low and pass the savings onto the customer.
In the early 1980s our founder John Hargreaves discovered the US concept of the out-of-town retail outlet. Despite their large size, these outlets were able to offer low prices because they were situated outside expensive areas. They also negotiated directly with their suppliers. Inspired, Hargreaves brought the concept over to the UK in 1985 - opening the first Matalan store in Preston.
The idea took off immediately. Within ten years, there were 50 Matalan stores across the UK. In 1997, the firm moved its head office from Preston to Skelmersdale and created a new distribution centre. From that point on, there was no looking back. Today, Matalan has over 200 stores in the UK and trades from over 5 million square feet. Such is the success of the brand, we’ve even started opening stores in town centres such as Derry & Glasgow and we continue to sell from 9 overseas franchise stores.
Where we’re going
Times may be tough, but Matalan’s emphasis on affordability has meant that its sales have stayed strong. So much so, we’re continuing to expand. Last year saw us open 3 new stores here in the UK.
What makes us different
Our prices are lower. Our stores are bigger. We trade in much higher volumes than anyone else. All these things have been said about Matalan. And they’re all partly true. But none of them gets to the heart of what makes us different.
In our view, what sets us apart is our attitude. Matalan is all about delighting the customer. It’s our passion, the one thing that drives everything we do - in how we design and make our products, as well as how we engage with our customers on the shop floor.
As a brand we show that low prices don’t mean compromising on quality or experience and we pride ourselves on always going the extra mile for the customer.