Popular Clacton Shopping Village is full again as outdoor experts TOG24 open up

Popular Clacton Shopping Village continues to be in high demand as a place to do business and has just announced that it is full up again with the arrival of outdoor clothing specialists TOG24.

It’s a return to Clacton for the fast-growing Yorkshire outfitters who have experienced rapid growth in recent years and who were original tenants when the Shopping Village first opened 25 years ago.

TOG24 were founded in 1958 in Heckmondwike, near Huddersfield, by Donald Ward, an apprentice millwright who began by repairing and maintaining the looms of the local woollen mills.

They now sell their range of outdoor and casual wear from 90 outlets across the country including 30 of their own stores and they plan to take that over the 100 mark by the end of the year.

The new 1700 square foot shop employs a manager and four staff and TOG24 are delighted to be back, according to the company’s Head of Retail, Kevin Harris, who said: “Clacton is a good value site in an area where we aren’t well represented but where we see an opportunity.

“We have just had our best year ever and we are looking to build on that and the outlook is very good again

“Since Covid people have rediscovered the great outdoors and have fallen back in love with the simple things that they remember from when they were youngsters.

“We’ve also expanded into casual leisurewear as well as the traditional quality outdoor clothing we were always known for.

“We’ve been very impressed with the people at Clacton. They’ve been very good, very approachable and have bent over backwards to make us welcome and that has touched a chord with us.

“We also feel we couldn’t have picked a better time to open, Christmas is just around the corner and traditionally we do very well then because we offer a quality product.

“TOG stands for Truth over Glory and that’s something we believe in. No-one remembers being warm when they’ve been stood on a hill but they do remember if they were soaking wet and cold.

“We believe we can make this store very successful but we also want to become part of the local community and that’s something we encourage our managers to do and to get involved with local charities and organisations.”

Leanne Pfrang, Operations Manager for Clacton Shopping Village, said: “The arrival of TOG24 means that we are once again full with all our units taken and with very positive footfall and sales figures.

“We’re delighted to welcome TOG24, a prestige brand known for its quality, and they will join other major national retailers such as Home Bargains and JD Sports here.

“It means we continue to have a mix of big names and local independents and are attracting record levels of footfall and with over 250 people employed on site it means the shopping village plays a major part not just in the local economy but also in the community.”

To see what’s on at Clacton Shopping Village, go to go to http://www.clactonshoppingvillage.com/ or to https://www.facebook.com/ClactonShopping/?locale=en_GB

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